DOT hosting open house on I-85, Poplar Rd. plans

The Georgia Department of Transportation (DOT) on Nov. 21 will hold a public hearing open house to discuss the upcoming construction of the full-diamond interchange at Interstate 85 and Poplar Road in Coweta County. 

The Open House is scheduled from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Central Educational Center located at 160 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive in Newnan.

DOT engineers and consultants will be available to discuss the proposed project. DOT said there will not be a formal presentation during the open house.

The project proposes to construct a full-diamond interchange at the existing Poplar Road overpass at I-85.

“The project is ahead of schedule,” Coweta County Director of Transportation and Engineering Tod Handley told commissioners at a recent meeting.

Handley said right-of-way acquisition is expected to begin in mid-2014. The construction contract is expected to be awarded in January 2016.

Project plans will be available on the DOT website after the open house meetings at www.dot.ga.gov. On the home page choose “Information Center” then Public Outreach” and select the project’s county and choose “Go.”  A list of active DOT projects in that county will appear.