Residents are going to be looking at some detours and slow traffic as the county, in cooperation with the Georgia Department of Transportation, finally begins work on what has been considered one of the busiest and most dangerous intersections in Fayette County. For nearly 10 years, the county has been working with GDOT to get a traffic signal permit for Harp Road at State Route 85.
According to County engineer Phil Mallon, this is one of the few SPLOST projects that hasn’t been contentious over the past few years.
“There has been nothing but support for it,” Mallon said.
Though it was initiated so many years ago, GDOT just recently reassessed the intersection’s traffic volume and crash data and determined that a signal was warranted. GDOT then asked Fayette County to design and build the improvements to Harp Road and, after that work is completed, GDOT would design and install the traffic signal.
According to Mallon, a similar joint effort was recently completed at the intersection of Corinth Road and State Route 54. Fayette County will assume all operating costs for the signal after it is completed.
Mallon said the signal will be similar to the signal that is currently operating at the intersection of Highways 92 and 85.
Thus far, the county has spent $19,700 and the estimate to complete the design is $16,400.
The commission approved the contract for Mallett Consulting to complete the project.