Middle Georgia residents will get two chances to learn about transportation changes Thursday.
Transportation officials are holding open houses for major upgrades to Jeffersonville Road in Bibb County as well as a proposed 17-mile detour in Twiggs County to accommodate a bridge replacement on U.S. 80.
The Jeffersonville Road open house will be from 4-7 p.m. at Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, 2789 Millerfield Road. Five different projects are involved, including bridge replacements. Portions of Jeffersonville and Millerfield roads would be widened from a two-lane rural section to a five-lane urban format.
Bibb County Commissioner Lonzy Edwards, who represents the area and is also Mount Moriah’s pastor, said residents have long sought improvements to Jeffersonville Road. Traffic backs up, water pools on the road during storms and bridges are in bad shape, he said.
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“The road is literally coming apart at the seams,” Edwards said. “It’s bad. It’s an aggravation to people going up and down it. It’s obviously not wide enough in some places. It’s bad pavement. There’s some design issues in other parts of it. It really just has become a nuisance to people who are traveling.”
An environmental study for Jeffersonville Road was recently completed, after more than a decade of effort.
The Jeffersonville Road projects affect about 2.6 miles of road.
The Twiggs County open house will run from 5-7 p.m. at the Twiggs County Senior Center, 400 Bullard Road, Jeffersonville.
That project involves the replacement of a U.S. 80/Ga. 19 bridge over CSX railroad tracks.
The bridge was built in 1935 and would be replaced in the same location, forcing a detour.
The state’s proposed detour runs 17.21 miles. On the west side it runs from Sgoda Road to Interstate 16, then east to the Bullard Road exit, then connecting to Marion-Ripley Road.
To contact writer Mike Stucka, call 744-4251.