E. Fayette bypass gets go-ahead

Project criticized for not reaching highways south of Fayetteville

Despite criticism that the planned East Fayetteville Bypass is not a bypass at all, the Fayette County Commission tonight approved a conceptual alignment for the road, along with pursuit of state and federal funding for the $39.4 million project.

The bypass would begin north of Fayetteville at the intersection of Ga. Highway 85 and Corinth Road, but the southern end of the bypass won’t reach either of the two highways south of Fayetteville. Instead the road ends at the intersection of County Line Road, south Jeff Davis Road and Inman Road.

The proposal from county staff has the bypass starting at Hwy. 85 and Corinth Road, following the length of Corinth Road to Ga. Highway 54. From Hwy. 54 a new section of road will be built to reach a new intersection at McDonough Road. From there the road will follow the path of the existing County Line Road to the intersection of County Line, south Jeff Davis and Inman roads.

Of the total project cost, the county is expecting to get $21.1 million in state and federal funds, with the remainder coming from revenue from the 2003 county transportation sales tax.

Although the road will be two lanes in many sections, the county will buy enough right of way to upgrade the road to four lanes if such is needed in the future, explained county Public Works Director Phil Mallon.

There will also be sections of the bypass that will have three lanes, particularly at intersections and also along areas of road where there are multiple existing access points for motorists getting onto the road.

One resident who lives in the area suggested that the road would mostly benefit residents in Clayton County. She also said the road would come very close to her residence.

There has been a public clamor for the East Fayetteville Bypass to be built, largely from opponents of the West Fayetteville Bypass.

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The East Fayetteville Bypass WILL benefit The fayette county residents on this side of Fayette county. We have put up with terrible traffic and accidents along Hwy 54 for years waiting on this road. The SPLOST tax was voted in based on the assumption that this road was coming and nothing was ever mentioned about the West Fayetteville Bypass which is really the East Peachtree City Bypass. It has NEVER had anything to do with bypassing Fayetteville. Peachtree City has ALWAYS seemed to muscle in on taxes that could benefit the east side of the county, much the same way as Atlanta scavenges the resources of Fulton County. We count Clayton County as our neighbors over here and if you guys would be more cooperative with your neighbors this county would do well. Coweta County has benefited much from the ignorance of Peachtree City Government but Fayette could have benefited more by their neighborly cooperation. The County Government should practice more transparency and openness rather than trying to do this type of thing on the sly. It's pretty apparent that the county commissioners are sometimes working more for the cities than the county.

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I've driven 54 east to Jonesboro every day for years, and except when they were redoing the area around the Flint River bridge, traffic has never been an issue. In fact any problems that have occurred happened on the Clayton side of the line, in which case this bypass won't help at all. There's no benefit at all in the road, except to massage Steve Brown's ego.

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I'd say you've led a charmed life if you've never seen the traffic problems at 54 & McElroy Rd and 54 & Corinth Rd. I'd suggest that you try living 2 blocks away from this area for 24 yrs and then see how many accidents and traffic tie ups you can ignore. The recent improvements at McEroy & 54 have helped tremendously but similar improvements at Corinth Rd are needed, which the East Bypass will no doubt bring. The new road will get the majority of traffic off McElroy Rd which is a residential Fayette County road. The continued insistence that this is a Clayton County problem is ludicrous and inappropriate. Regardless of where the traffic comes from or goes to, it still traverses Fayette County and therefore affects us as residents here. East-west traffic is much less a problem than north-south traffic but when they are both forced onto the same route at the same time it is time to make some changes and NOW is the time.

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Like I said, every morning for years, no charmed life here. They could put in a light at Corinth and scrap the rest of the proposal, but noooooo, Steve Brown has decided he wants a legacy, and his followers willingly throw other people under the bus in the hopes it will save them, which makes a mockery of all the rhetoric they've been spouting since before the last election, when I ask them about it, in their best Steve Brown tradition, they don't reply, because it's indefensible. Good luck to you, but this road isn't needed any more then the west bypass, just politicians spending money because its there.

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The West Bypass is an attempt at convincing the ARC that entrance and exit ramps at I85 and Hwy 92 would be a good idea for relieving congestion at Hwy 74 and I85. In the hopes of sparing Peachtree City the traffic that is now passing through from and to Spalding, Pike and Meriwether Counties on Hwy 74. If it accomplishes this then it will be a good road. But instead of calling it what it is the commission has tried to sell it as something it's not. The SPLOST money is there and will be spent but it will be a long hard sell to convince the citizens to go along with anything of this nature in the future. I'm glad you have had no problems traveling Hwy 54 but it's not that way for all of us.

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The west bypass is miles from PTC at the closest point so I don't get your reasoning. There are already entrance and exit ramps at 74 and I-85, and the west bypass actually gets nowhere near I-85 although it does end at n92. You seem a bit lost here. You're right about one thing though, I haven't had any problems traveling 54.

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I'm not lost at all but you should pay more attention to news of the area. And "miles from PTC" is the idea behind a "bypass". There is a pursuit of an entrance and exit at 92 and I85. The only argument against it could be that 92 dumps into Fayetteville, hence the term "West Fayetteville Bypass". Wake up sailor and read the writing on the wall.

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Whatever, make it up as you go along, but the WFB has nothing to do with PTC.

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Thanks. I've enjoyed the discussion. We'll talk later.

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East bypass

How many people know they are planing to take part of The Links Golf Club for part of this road. We need to stop this. We need to raise our voices loud and clear to stop the Fayette County from taking away our course.

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Proposed route

It would be nice if a map of the proposed route were published.
I agree that it would do much more if it were extended to 92 then 85, but that could be done as needed in the future.

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I think it might even be more of a waste and a non-impact on traffic as the WFB. I guess it helps people in Clayton Co that are near the FC line and all, but 30+mil for THAT? Why?

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Way to go Steve Brown

Now you've got YOUR road to nowhere, please tell us again how you're different from the other three.

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