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Posted: January 9, 2017 9:43 a.m.

Large road widening project underway north of I-20 in Covington

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A $10.6 million road widening project began in December, 2016 and will take approximately three years to complete. The work will start at exit 93 on Interstate 20 and extend to Sims Chapel Road on State Route 142. Work will also be done from Harland Drive to Avenue of Champions on Alcovy Road.

“The Georgia Department of Transportation is anticipating a tremendous amount of growth in that particular area of Covington and are being proactive in addressing possible future road needs,” City of Covington Transportation Manager Ken Swain said. “This is a large project spanning nearly two miles and we are looking forward to working with GDOT to help bring these improvements to life.”

The project will include widening State Route 142 from two lanes to four and replacing the CSX railroad bridge. According to GDOT, these improvements will create additional vehicular capacity that will improve mobility, reduce the frequency of traffic accidents and reduce congestion. The work is also aimed at enhancing economic development opportunities.

The City of Covington has both overhead and underground utilities and will have a working relationship with GDOT and the contractor for the duration of the work. This project is part of GDOT’s Statewide Transportation Improvement Program designed to help improve corridors of the state with burgeoning growth. Motorists should exercise caution and patience while construction is underway.

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