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McDonough to make middle school area more pedestrian-friendly
by Christine Fonville
February 26, 2014 01:09 PM | 1059 views | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
During a meeting last week, McDonough city council members gave the green light to construction improvements on Phillips and George Lemon drives and Old Griffin Road, a subject of ongoing concern since a town hall meeting in 2012.

But it will be another two years before relief from cut-through traffic is obtained.

Councilwomen Sandra Vincent and Gail Notti said the safety of children walking to and from Henry County Middle School was of particular importance.

“Crosswalks for students walking in that busy area definitely needs to be taken into consideration,” Vincent said.

During the meeting, McDonough resident Ed Head addressed the council about the exceedingly busy traffic on Phillips Drive.

“We’ve been talking about these improvements for years and something needs to be done,” he said. “Traffic is increasing around this area and it’s a wonder someone hasn’t been hit yet.”

Public Works Director Lee Hearn said particular attention should be given to the section of Phillips Drive between Highway 20-81 and Old Griffin Road.

“Staff recommendations include rebuilding the road sections, adding sidewalks to both sides of the road and improving the storm drainage system along that section,” he said.

Because the city will be fixing storm drains, Hearn recommended the $130,000 project be paid from the storm water funds.

Mayor Billy Copeland said the roadwork was a “priority item that would be followed through.”

Even as a priority, the design portion of the project is expected to take about 14 months while construction will take about nine months, Hearn said.

The projected start date for construction is July 2015. The council unanimously voted in favor of the recommended improvements and storm water fund source.

A timeline for the project and updates on design and construction will be published on www.mcdonoughga.org as work continues.

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