With a purchase of three parcels of land Tuesday, one of Columbia County’s most-hated intersections is a little closer to being fixed.
Commissioners approved spending $178,410 for three pieces of property along Lewiston Road to allow installation of a traffic signal at William Few Parkway.
Close to the Grovetown exit of Interstate 20 and on the route to Grovetown High School, the intersection causes routine backups during rush hour as motorists are stuck waiting to make turns.
County officials on Wednesday held a “prebid” meeting with potential contractors to spell out what they’re expecting to relieve the traffic, said Columbia County Construction and Maintenance Division Director Matt Schlachter.
Construction bids will be awarded next month for the project to widen and add turning lanes to Lewiston and William Few and install traffic signals. Construction probably won’t start until the end of the school year, Schlachter added.
“By the time school is out we’ll have everything lined up,” he said. “We hope to have it up and running before school is back in.”
Engineers also are evaluating William Few’s nearby intersection at Chamblin Road to decide whether to build a roundabout or install turn lanes and a traffic signal, Schlachter said. Construction on that project could begin later this year.
Commissioners also approved the purchase of two parcels on King Taylor Road for $2,300 for right-of-way for changes to the road to provide a rear entrance to the new park behind Lakeside High School, and $126,820 for six parcels as part of the planned Washington Road-widening project.
Out of 117 parcels needed for the Washington Road widening, from Gibbs Road to William Few Parkway, 92 have now been purchased, said County Administrator Scott Johnson.
Debra Mack with Animal Services was named Employee of the Month, and the Broadband Utility Implementation Team was named Team of the Quarter.
Commissioners also recognized the newest graduates of the county’s volunteer Community Emergency Response Team.