Officials will ceremonially break ground Aug. 29 at Jessie Davis Park for the Highway 92 relocation project, Douglasville Planning Director Michelle Wright said.
The project is expected to be completed by 2017 at a cost of $59.4 million, paid with federal funds. Construction is scheduled to begin in September or October, she said.
The 3.1-mile road relocation project will begin on Fairburn Road near Duralee Lane and continue north through a new underpass beneath the railroad tracks east of the highway’s current intersection with Bankhead Highway.
It will then roughly parallel Brown Street before joining the present Highway 92 near Malone Road, just north of Douglas County Fire Station No. 11.
“Rather than following its current route which runs through the edge of the Douglasville downtown business district, the relocated [Highway] 92 will swing east of the Mill Village neighborhood and the former site of the old mill and then reconnect with the current Dallas Highway adjacent to Davis Park,” Douglasville Mayor Harvey Persons said.
Wright said the project is needed to improve the level of service and safety on the heavily-travelled Highway 92 corridor.
“The project would improve mobility and reduce congestion in downtown Douglasville by separating through traffic and local traffic and eliminating the circuitous route through the downtown area,” she said.
The new divided Highway 92 will be six lanes wide and include acceleration and deceleration lanes to facilitate the safe flows of traffic.
Douglasville has spent more than $3 million in the last decade on required preliminary engineering and environmental assessments, Persons said.
In addition, during the past three years, more than $43 million has been spent on right of way acquisitions.
Persons said numerous political figures, including District 13 U.S. Rep. David Scott, D-Jonesboro, who championed the project in Washington and obtained the needed federal funding, will participate in the groundbreaking.
“I look forward to being a part of this momentous event, which I have wanted to see happen since I served on the city council some 25 years ago,” Persons said.