Bibb western loop plans to be on display this week

Plans to widen and rework Bass, Foster, Tucker, Heath and Fulton Mill roads into a Western Loop around the west side of Bibb County will be on display Thursday night in a public meeting.

Representatives from the Georgia Department of Transportation and Bibb County's sales-tax-financed roads program will be on hand to answer questions at Carter Elementary School on Zebulon Road from 5 to 7 p.m.

The plans aren't finalized, but in 2006 they called for four-, three- and two-lane sections on the roads, plus the addition of curbs and gutters, sidewalks and bicycle paths. Steve Duval, from the roads program's engineering firm, Moreland Altobelli, said changes since then have been minor.

The project has been part of the roads program's plan since 1994, when voters narrowly approved a penny tax to help pay for projects. Several years ago the project price tag was $21 million. But at a 2006 public meeting, officials said that figure might not be accurate, given worldwide increases in construction costs.