Athens-Clarke County plans to close Whitehall Road between the Middle Oconee River and Milledge Avenue for three to four months in the summer of 2015, altering the flow of traffic into and out of Oconee County via Simonton Bridge Road.
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Emil Beshara, head of the Oconee County Public Works Department, said he has exchanged messages with David Clark, his counterpart in Athens-Clarke County, about the road closing.
“The impact on Oconee County will likely mostly center on drastically increased volume on Old Macon Highway,” Beshara said. “It is unavoidable and temporary, so I don't think it's going to be a big deal.”
On Consent Agenda
The Athens-Clarke County Mayor and Commission gave tentative approval to the roadway improvement at its agenda-setting meeting on Thursday night.
The item, called the South Milledge Avenue at Whitehall Road Intersection Improvement Project, will be on the agenda for final approval on April 1.
The $690,000 project is being paid for by Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax revenue.
The project is expected to be let for construction in the spring of 2015 and should be completed before August of 2015.
Lowering Of Road
The construction will lower the centerline grade of Whitehall Road by approximately five feet at the intersection to improve sight distance at the intersection.
The section of Whitehall Road between South Milledge Avenue and the Middle Oconee River will be closed during the duration of the project.
Alan Reddish, manager for Athens-Clarke County, told the commissioners on Thursday night that detour plans had not been finalized but “there are not a lot of good options.”
The project is the first phase of a two-phase project. The second phase is to include a roundabout at the intersection.