(WTVM) - The Georgia Welcome Centers located in Columbus and West Point Georgia will close for renovations Monday, December 7 for a maximum of 210 days.
Signs are up warning visitors the closure is scheduled. The entrance ramp and entrance points at both Welcome Centers will be barricaded so that the motoring public will not be able to enter.
The Welcome Centers will be completely closed in order to avoid any possible injuries to the motoring public and will allow the contractor to complete their work as quickly as possible.
Renovations will be performed by Astra Group, Inc. from Woodstock, Georgia and will include remodeling, replacement and/or repair of most systems in the building from the roof, drywall, façade; to replacement of HVAC system; rewiring and replacement of light fixtures with LED light fixtures; replacement of the drywall and painting the entire building to re-pavement of the car and truck parking areas, restriping parking lots, and landscaping.
The 5,130 square foot Columbus Welcome Center was opened to the public in 1991. This work is budgeted for $696,000.
The 5,750 square foot West Point Welcome Center was opened to the public in 1980. This work is budgeted for $1,422,000.
These major renovations are expected to be completed by July, 2016. Motorists will not be able to access the Welcome Center driveway, parking areas or building during the construction time.
Funds for the renovation and beautification of the Georgia Welcome Centers and rest areas come from revenues collected from the Georgia LOGO program.
The Georgia LOGO program offers businesses advertising along highway interchanges through placement of names and logos on signs approaching exits. It generates approximately $3.3 million annually.