Opening of W. F’ville Bypass in mid-Nov. to bring big new intersection

The view looking north across Ga. Highway 54 to the West Fayetteville Bypass now under construction. Photo/Ben Nelms.

All the political and environmental talk about the West Fayetteville Bypass notwithstanding, Phase 1 of the three-phase project — the portion that will run from Sandy Creek Road down to Lester Road — will likely be completed by mid-November.

The project will include the installation of a traffic signal at its multi-lane intersection with Ga. Highway 54.

There was talk last week at the meeting of the Fayette County Commission to proceed with completing the intersection at Sandy Creek Road, but Fayette County Administrator Jack Krakeel on Monday said conversations with county public works staff determined the small intersection project should wait until the entire Phase 1 portion of the roadway is complete.

So what will the bypass look like as it ties in to Sandy Creek Road on the north side of the project and to Lester Road on the south side?

For starters, it means installing a traffic signal where the bypass crosses Hwy. 54 just east of Huiet Road and completing the surfacing work on the south side of the Hwy. 54 so that the bypass curves to the east and wraps into Lester Road a short distance from Cleveland Elementary School.

And while nearly all three eventual phases of the bypass will be a two-lane road, that will not be the case where the bypass crosses Hwy. 54.

Along with the traffic signal, the southbound bypass on the north side of Hwy. 54 and the northbound bypass on the south side of Hwy. 54 will both have a left turn lane, a right turn lane and two direct-through lanes. The northbound bypass on the north side of Hwy. 54 and the southbound bypass on the south side will each have two lanes.

The roadway will continue to be a divided four-lane road for approximately one-third mile on the north side of Hwy. 54 and for approximately one-half mile on the south side, according to Public Works Director Phil Mallon.

Krakeel said permits have been obtained and the contract has been awarded for the one-half mile section of Phase 1 that will link Hwy. 54 to Lester Road. That work will begin soon and should be completed sometime between late-October and mid-November, Krakeel said.

Once completed, there will be several alterations that accompany the project in order for Phase 1 to become fully functional and open to traffic.

• On the north side, the bypass will wrap into Sandy Creek Road, necessitating the installation of a stop sign on northbound Sandy Creek as it approaches the bypass, the first such sign along the road’s length. Krakeel said linking the bypass to Sandy Creek can likely be accomplished over a weekend.

• On the south side, the opening of the bypass will mean the closure of Huiet Road from Hwy. 54 down to Old Chappel Lane. The commercial center at the corner will have its ingress and egress point moved to the bypass approximately 500 feet from the intersection with Hwy. 54.

• Also on the south side, the current intersection of Heritage Farm Lane/Lester Road at Huiet Road will be reconfigured. A short section of Lester Road immediately east of Huiet Road will be eliminated, making way for an as yet unnamed section of road to be extended from the Heritage Farm Lane/Huiet Road intersection and arc over a short distance to the bypass.

And also on the south side, the current Huiet Road/Waterlace Way intersection a short distance south of Lester will be reconfigured so that Waterlace Way intersects with Lester Road at the point where the Phase 1 project end near the Jehovah’s Witness Church just west of Cleveland Elementary.

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What is really happening in Fayette County.

Please go to www.sb4faycom.com and www.allenmccarty.net to find out what is really happening in Fayette County.

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Now The Road to Ghost Town

Here, we have another project that doesn't help the public for which it was intended. What bugs me is the constant, never ending determination Commissioners Smith and Maxwell have to get this Bypass road built, regardless of how many people don't want it. The West Fayetteville Bypass Coalition took Mr. Smith at his word when he said "only a lawsuit can stop the West Bypass". They hired an environmental law firm to fight the 404 Permit the Phase II portion of the project requires. But if that fails and the project's future goes to court, guess who pays the county's share of the lawsuit...you, the taxpayers!

Commissioner Smith stated at the recent Town Hall Meeting that he understands that the project was not identified as "Bypass" on the 2003 SPLOST ballot. So, in sympathy with those who didn't know they voted for it, he said that it was his duty to support the project, because like it or not, "you voted for it". Score one for the developers.

Take a ride out Highway 54 and take a look at the project and a good, hard look at Waterlace Subdivision. Next, dry your tears and imagine a better name for the project. I came up with "The FDIC Extension". This is one of the saddest sights you will ever see.

The next fiasco will be Phase II, itself. But developer driven Smith and Maxwell both believe we need it. Call or email them to get their views on how it will divert traffic away from Fayetteville. All they've said in public is basically, that the county engineer approves of it, or compared to the East Bypass "it's more bang for the buck". But the buck stops at Highway 92, many miles away from where you're going, and you'll have to find something to do. You won't find a link to Interstate Highway, or even State Highway 85 What they won't do is tell us why the Bypass money can't be diverted to other SPLOST projects. After all, $50 million is a lot to throw away in a bad economy.

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Right On Pips: Vote NO Incumbants!

Read about the FDIC and Ghost Town of Waterlace as reported by CNN: http://www.splostpoll.com/2010/01/blog-post.html
Then read about Jack Smith's connection and his dilemma-HE FAVORED SPLOST!!! The biggest defeat of a tax hike in Georgia last year. www.SPLOSTPOLL.com
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grassroots...those are good sites

that make some good points. We have been served up on a silver platter with an apple in our mouths.

The new schools were selling tools for the developers. Those empty schools we are paying dearly for were never schools intended for ...OUR.. kids, they were intended for the children of the people the developers hawked their new homes to. It is not an accident, Waterlace, the new schools, and bypass are all right there together.

Look at the profession of one of our BOE's husband and then tell me it is an accident.

Look at the profession and who he worked for of the person they have hand picked to run against Dr Todd.

They hate Dr Todd because he has stood up to their waste. And while you are at it, go down and get yourself a copy of the home address of Joy Clark that stood up at the BOE meeting and chastised Dr Todd for not going along with the 'bar room brawler' and 'Alice in Wonderland' who forgets 12.5 million dollars. Look at what developer ties may be there. Then wonder what kind of a floor show is being put on and why.

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suggarfoot...

Did you ever find out who is this "Joy Clark" person? She is not a teacher that I've ever heard of nor have any of my friends (that work at various schools in the county). Well, I've got my list of questions prepared for Thursday night and hope that everyone else does too.

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Sooie, Sugarfoot. It stinks.

I've said all along that, when it comes to our current commissioners, there is something dead up the creek and it is stinking. Your comment is yet another piece of the puzzle we have all been looking for. I'm sure a lot of folks in Fayette County haven't known about that stinking situation until now.

Sugarfoot, what you've illustrated so eloquently, is a direct reflection of the developer friendly policies of this administration.

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It was all about developer welfare

Everyone has forgotten the Commisioners approved 'community septic' for the developers. For that alone, they should be thrown out of office.

TCG Holdings, the company that Burt Clark and Terri Smith's husband (BOE) owned, built a subdivision in Tyrone on high density lots. The community septic system they put in could be smelled for miles. It was literally a big stink in Tyrone in more ways than one.

An even more insulting twist the Commissioners approved is that if/when the stinky systems fail, the county agreed to pick up the tab for fixing them. That means that our hard earned tax dollars will now go into the outhouse fixing business, and the developer won't be out a penny if it fails. This is outrageous!

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Can somebody please tell me why there's any of this parkway, I mean Bypass on the south side of 54? There's a failed empty 600 home zombie subdivision (Waterlace)and a half attended school down the road. The commercial building on the corner never has any business and the light might help about 50 cars a day turn left but it will make half of the 30,000 cars down 54 each day have to stop. For what and who? I scratch my head every time I drive by the million dollar per quarter block boondoggle. I'm rather new here but not that turnip truck falling off kinda new. After 18 months of asking for a traffic study from the commissioners and public works the WFB Coalition has yet to get one. That's because there IS NOT ANY! NOT ONE! You have to have at least one study for a traffic light and my understanding it has to be for two years. Jack Smith and Eric Maxwell and other commissioners, this is an open challenge to show us THE TRAFFIC study now. Be open and honest and show us, the public, or get out of this road business that you are totally ignorant of. We want our $50 million to be spent elsewhere.
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