Back from the dead: East F’ville Bypass

Shelved for the controversial West Bypass, $39.4M project finds new federal, state funds

Adopting a new strategy, Fayette County staff is projecting to have enough money left from the 2003 transportation sales tax to complete the proposed East Fayetteville Bypass.

The project will hinge, however, on receiving state and federal funds to the tune of $21.1 million, Fayette County Public Works Director Phil Mallon explained to the county commission at its workshop meeting Friday afternoon.

The project’s entire cost is estimated at $39.4 million, and it will start along County Line Road at Jeff Davis Drive, then proceed northeast along a new road through the Links golf course to Ga. Highway 54. From there it will continue on Corinth Road to Ga. Highway 85 North, coming in just south of Ga. Highway 279.

County staff is recommending that the section involving County Line Road be four lanes to accommodate all the individual parcels in the area that have access to the road.

The commission will need to make a decision soon on the fate of the East bypass, as the Atlanta Regional Commission wants to know if it will use the $7 million in federal and state funds earmarked so far for the project.

There has been a public clamor for the East Fayetteville Bypass to be built, chiefly among opponents of the West Fayetteville Bypass who have alleged that the East Bypass was determined to be the county’s top priority several years prior to the passage of the 2003 transportation sales tax.

Commissioner Lee Hearn pointed out that the shift in funding philosophy could endanger the third phase of the West Fayetteville Bypass, which would also become dependent on state and federal funding.

County Manager Jack Krakeel noted that the third phase of the West Bypass has a significant amount of state and federal money set aside in the region’s long-range plans even though the project won’t need quite as much.

The project will need about $6 million, even though its projected to get about $23 million in grant funding, Krakeel noted.

Since it will be cheaper than planned, the county “will be in a good position to get that money programmed,” Krakeel said.

Mallon also suggested the third phase of the West Bypass would be an excellent candidate for the proposed regional transportation sales tax project list for further potential funding.

The third phase of the West Bypass will reach from Ga. Highway 85 at Harp Road, along a new road path to reach Ebenezer Church Road at its intersection with Redwine Road, and then along Ebenezer Church Road and finally along Lester Road.

Because the northernmost portion of the project is near Cleveland Elementary School and Bennett’s Mill Middle School, the county is looking at perhaps installing a tunnel to accommodate pedestrians going to the school instead of having them cross on the road itself.

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It's About Time

All these years, the commissioners have demanded construction of the West Bypass, a project the public doesn't want. Even though all publicity about the WFB has been negative, even though it is not a viable bypass, and even though hundreds of public comments at commissioners meetings have been 100% negative, the county leaders sit in their chairs stone-faced and relentless in their resolve to push the project through. They even tried to give the controversial project an air of respectability by renaming it "Veterans Parkway." They completely ignored the East Bypass, which was the unanimous choice for top priority among all county officials associated with transportation.

Finally, they started to wake up. They are actually giving some serious consideration to building a real bypass. A bypass, by definition is a road starting and ending at the same highway that loops around a congested area. Believe it or not, the East Bypass does just that. It starts South of Fayetteville along the highway of most congestion, loops around Fayetteville, and returns to the same highway North of Fayetteville.

It would be interesting to see how many folks agree with Mr. Mallon's comment above which reads as follows:

"Mallon also suggested the third phase of the West Bypass would be an excellent candidate for the proposed regional transportation sales tax project list for further potential funding."

If anyone is in favor of the West Bypass Phase III, don't comment. The county considers no response to any ideas it might have as agreement. However, if you are not in favor of funding the West Bypass out of the proposed transportation sales tax, now is the time to make your voices heard.

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Nothing "Alleged" About East Bypass

In paragraph 6 of John Munford's article, he says, "There has been a public clamor for the East Fayetteville Bypass to be built, chiefly among opponents of the West Fayetteville Bypass who have alleged that the East Bypass was determined to be the county's top priority several years prior to the passage of the 2003 transportation sales tax."

I have to take issue with that statement and set the record straight. Sitting in front of me, I have the very detailed minutes from a special Joint Meeting of Fayette County and City Officials which was held on Tuesday, October 28, 2003. On page 13 of that document Tyrone "Councilman Paul Letourneau said he wanted to make a motion that the East Fayettville Bypass be the number one priority." Then it states, "Commissioner Peter Pfeifer seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously."

"Opponents of the West Fayetteville Bypass" never "alleged that the East Bypass was determined to be the county's top priority several years prior to the passage of the 2003 transportation sales tax." It is a FACT that the East Fayetteville Bypass was the number 1 priority item and that was documented on Tuesday, October 28, 2003.

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OK Now

It sure looks like things are going in the right direction.

Where did all the Brown and McCarty haters go???

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It's the antics

and theatrics that get on folks nerves.

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SPY

Why do all of you Brown trashers say he does "antics" (clown, jokester)?

Antics? He is a take charge kind of guy--some don't like that.
They want to be consulted and have him agree with them---he sometimes doesn't!

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Gee Whiz Spyglass

What antics??? They don't let Steve Brown talk at the meetings. They get angry because Steve exposed their secret votes. I don't get it one bit??? How does Steve Brown become the bad guy with some of you Brown haters???

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Antics of Brown

They have been listed on here over and over by many people and there isn't much of a need to rehash them all over again.

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bad_ptc What Has Brown Accomplished?

Well, bad, let's see. Within the last year, Steve Brown defeated Commission Chairman Jack Smith who sits on the Board of Directors of the Bank of Georgia (conflict of interest) and continually misrepresented the Bank of Georgia as not catering loans to developers and builders. The BOG's own president confirmed that the bank caters loans to developers and builders.

He has repeatedly supported the voters of this county when our previous commissioners manipulated and twisted the facts to suit their own agenda.

He has treated the public with respect when our previous commissioners belittled, made fun of, intimidated, and screamed at citizens during commission and open house meetings.

ONE OF STEVE BROWN'S MOST RECENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS IS THAT HE SUCCEEDED IN GIVING FAYETTE CITIZENS A VOICE ON THE COMMISSION. HE HAD TO ENDURE FRADY BANGING HIS GAVEL AND BEATING THE CITIZENS VOICE INTO SILENCE DURING ONE COMMISSION MEETING BUT BROWN SAW TO IT THAT OUR RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF SPEECH WAS HONORED.

The man is a walking encyclopedia of facts and can back-up those facts with documentation whereas our previous Commission Chairman publicly said he didn't know anything about the less expensive Alternative D route to the East Fayetteville Bypass.

STEVE BROWN HAS TAKEN A LOT OF RIDICULE FROM A FEW FOLKS LIKE YOU WHEN HE HAS REPEATEDLY DEFENDED YOUR RIGHTS AS A CITIZEN OF FAYETTE COUNTY!!!

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Spear, in a nutshell

What has Brown accomplished in his 10+ years of being around?

I ask you in all honesty, what has he accomplished?

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Tunnel Vision

Now there's a tunnel? How about a mono rail. How about the world's only suspended bridge to cross 20 miles over the entire county. This proves even further this WFB fiasco is plan as you go. There's no light at the end of this tunnel. Eat crow and scrub it. Vote No on T-SPLOST.
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