“This is tremendously important news for the citizens of Douglasville and Douglas County,” said Douglasville Mayor Harvey Persons.
“We are delighted with the action of the Georgia Department of Transportation and the Atlanta Regional Commission to expedite construction of this important project.”
The mayor said after years of waiting and various delays, it was very rewarding to know that the start of construction was only a few months away.
A similar expression came from Councilwoman LaShun Burr Danley, chair of the Douglasville City Council Transportation Committee.
“This is great news regarding the Hwy. 92 project,” she said. “Many thanks to everyone who worked together, pulled together and prayed together to finally see the largest transportation project in the city of Douglasville come to fruition.”
Hwy. 92 is one of the most critical north-south routes on the west side of metro Atlanta, serving as a major transportation artery for local traffic as well as a critical commuter route for Cobb and Paulding counties.
Also the current Hwy. 92 grade level crossing over the Norfolk Southern Railroad tracks is a significant congestion bottleneck and a major safety hazard.
Persons noted this would be the first rail grade separation crossing in Douglasville so vehicle traffic will be able to continue to flow even when trains are passing through the city.
District 13 U.S. Rep. David Scott, D-Jonesboro, said the success in moving the Hwy. 92 project to construction months in advance of the timetable established three years ago was a testimony to the great working relationship of officials at the local, state and national levels.
“This project would not have happened if we had not formed and worked as a team,” Scott said.
“We all worked together to make this happen for the people of Douglas County and Douglasville.”
Persons and Danley voiced similar views, saying Scott’s support and involvement in the Hwy. 92 project had been essential.
They also thanked GDOT and the commission for their support with special appreciation to GDOT Associates Project Manager Peter Emmanuel.
Persons said due to the project’s readiness for construction, GDOT officials decided to advance the construction funding from fiscal 2016 to fiscal 2014.
A groundbreaking could be held shortly after the first of the year, he said, with the start of actual construction coming shortly afterward.