COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The Georgia Welcome Center in Columbus will reopen Friday, Oct. 7 at 8:30 a.m. after months of renovations.
The facilities were closed in December 2015 to undergo a $900,000 new construction and retrofit process to update the entire facility inside and out.
Renovations were performed by Astra Group, Inc. from Woodstock, GA and include an extension added to the existing building which will now house the family restroom, interior and exterior painting, upgrading interior light fixtures to LED, complete HVAC replacement including ductwork, complete refurbishment of all restrooms including toilet fixtures, flooring and sinks and repair and refurbishment of all interior flooring.
Outside, the contractor repaired the sidewalk, resurfaced and restriped the parking lot, gutters and downspouts were replaced and new landscaping added.
"This is the first impression many visitors get of our state. These renovations were very much needed so I was very happy to get the news that the Welcome Center was reopening this Friday," said State Transportation Board Member Sam Wellborn. "It is also important to note that no taxpayer dollars were used for any of this work. The money came from revenues generated by 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 $5 million annually.
The 5,130 square foot Columbus Welcome Center was opened to the public in 1991.