Coweta unveils draft of transportation plan

Residents got a look at the future of transportation at the Aug. 1 Coweta County Joint Comprehensive Transportation Plan meeting held at the Newnan Centre. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Coweta County residents in the past week got a look at an update of the long-term Coweta County Joint Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP) that assesses anticipated needs over the next few decades.

Expected to be completed in the coming months, the CTP includes new interstate interchanges, a number of new roads, plenty of road widenings and the completion of the Newnan bypass.

The Aug. 1 meeting at the Newnan Centre was the final of the five venues held across the county during the past week. Though sparsely attended by fewer than a dozen county residents, the display boards and projects lists offered a look at the future of transportation in Coweta County in the coming decades. The purpose of the public meetings was to gather input from residents as part of the update draft plan to be submitted in the coming months.

One of the large number of proposed projects was the new Poplar Road interchange on Interstate 85 which is already in the approval stages and is expected to have construction begin in the next two or three years.

Another proposed project includes installing a new interchange at I-85 and Amlajack Road which would also include linking the Amlajack extension to U.S. Highway 29 on the north and to a 4-lane Hollz Parkway Extension to the southeast.

Other proposed new roads include the Andrews Street extension from Bullsboro Drive to East Broad Street, a new roadway on Senoia’s north side linking Rockaway Road to Ga. highways 74 and 85, the Newnan Bypass extension from Turkey Creek Road to Ga. Highway 16 and the southwest portion of the Newnan Bypass linking Hwy. 29 to Smokey Road at Ishman Ballard Road.

The plan also includes a host of road widening improvements, operational upgrades, intersection modifications, bridge projects, bike path proposals and freight movement strategies.

The CTP is required for projects to be included and eventually funded through the regional transportation plan and focuses on roadways, bike and pedestrian facilities and transit.

The 40-year plan was originally approved in 2006. The idea today is to determine if proposed projects continue to provide the needed level of mobility, connectivity and safety that will be required in the coming years.

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