Henry County commissioners, the McDonough City Council and the county department of transportation broke ground recently on an intersection improvement project at Phillips Drive and Highway 20/81.
The $1.5 million project is split between about $600,000 from the county and $900,000 from the city through a combination of special purpose local option sales tax funds and a Georgia DOT local maintenance improvement grant.
The intersection will be constructed by Newnan-based Southeastern Site Development, with a completion date of early spring.
More than 20,000 vehicles enter the intersection each day and it has been the site of several accidents over the past three years.
To alleviate these conditions, the intersection has been redesigned by Tucker-based McGee Partners, allowing for the realignment of Phillips Drive to intersect SR20/81 further east, across from Autumn Lake Drive.
It will feature a traffic signal and turn lanes for all directions at the intersection.
As a result, this project is expected to improve safety dramatically and make it easier to enter Highway 20/81 from Phillips Drive.
“It is so important to the citizens of McDonough and all county residents. This has been a bad intersection. They have had numerous accidents at this intersection, so this is a project that the city and the county are working together on and it’s so important to everybody,” county Commissioner Gary Barham said at the ceremony.
Touting the project as “One Henry at work,” McDonough city councilmen and county commissioners shared their gratitude for the partnership, which has enabled the project to move forward after being “on the books” for a number of years.
“We have been working as a partner on this since 2006, and more particularly, the last six months, to develop a master plan for this intersection, which is probably one of the most serious in Henry County, and certainly for the city of McDonough,” McDonough Mayor Billy Copeland said at the ceremony.
“I am so excited about this event today. I applaud Terry McMickle, the chairman of the county commission, and all the commissioners for their support for city officials, who came together for a partnership. Once you have a partnership, you have a win-win situation and that is what we have here today.”