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Lewiston Road to get more improvements

Posted: April 8, 2012 - 12:04am
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Motorists turning left off William Few Parkway onto Lewiston Road often have to wait for traffic to clear, causing a backup during peak times.  Photo by Jim Blaylock
Photo by Jim Blaylock
Motorists turning left off William Few Parkway onto Lewiston Road often have to wait for traffic to clear, causing a backup during peak times.

The section of Lewiston Road near Interstate 20 might get an additional makeover.

Columbia County commisioners Tuesday agreed to spend $15,600 more on a roughly $40,000 engineering plan to improve Lewiston Road at William Few Parkway, according to county documents.

The scope of the plan to be developed by Augusta-based Cranston Engineering Group P.C. now includes adding a continuous westbound right turn lane on Lewiston Road from William Few Parkway to I-20, building a dual left-turn lane onto William Few Parkway from Lewiston Road, and conducting a study to determine if the intersection warrants a traffic signal, as required by the state Department of Transportation.

The plan already included widening Lewiston Road from I-20 north to 150 feet past Autumn Trail.

The design phase of the project could conclude next month, according to documents.

Nearly $2 million is budgeted for that project.

Also at the Tuesday meeting, commissioners approved a more than $316,000 bid to build a recycling center at Riverside Park in Evans.

Evans-based Continental Construction won the bid for the project.

County Construction and Maintenance Services Director Matt Schlachter said last month that the center will be similar to one located on William Few Parkway near the Georgia State Patrol office.

That manned location contains bins for electronics, plastics, newspapers and magazines, aluminum cans, food cans, and cardboard and office paper.

Additional bins for plastic and newspapers are located at the Evans Government Center.

Schlachter said the Riverside Park center will be larger than the one on William Few Parkway and will include an office for county Green Programs Manager Jenny Hinson.

The new recycling center also will cost more than expected.

Initially, officials budgeted $265,000 to build the center, according to county documents.

County Administrator Scott Johnson said work at the site might start this month.

In other meeting news, the commission named Tuesday Michele Lundy Day. Michele is a 7-year-old Blue Ridge Elementary second-grader diagnosed in December with leukemia.

Michele received the recognition during Childhood Cancer Awareness Week.

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Little Lamb

Traffic Circle

A traffic circle would be a better approach than multiple turn lanes and traffic light.

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