New road infrastructures coming to Chattahoochee Valley

Several major road projects are in the works for Chattahoochee Valley, including the widening...
Several major road projects are in the works for Chattahoochee Valley, including the widening of a congested road in Harris County.(Live 5/File)
Published: Aug. 13, 2022 at 12:56 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 13, 2022 at 3:41 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - Several major road projects are in the works for Chattahoochee Valley, including the widening of a congested road in Harris County.

“We’re trying to ease as much of the construction delays as possible as we can, with so much work going on in such a small corridor,” says Kenneth Franks, an Administrator of the Transportation Investment Act.

With about 6,400 cars traveling on this roadway a day, widening this stretch of highway may alleviate traffic.

Meena Punwani, who owns a gas station and tobacco shop on highway 27 in Cataula, claims she’s not happy about the road construction news.

“How are they going to widen up because I have a gas station, so my traffic is coming in and out. So, it’s a concern for me,” says

While Punwani may have some concerns, a few others are pleased with the widening of highway 27. In fact, they say it’s about time.

“I travel this road everyday, it’s my basic route back and forth to work, it will definitely cut down congestion and a lot of traffic back and forth,” says Joel Lawson.

“We’ve had so many accidents here and it’s about the only freeway to get further north from Columbus, so we’re excited about it actually,” says Roger Fontana.

There are 23 projects on the River Valley project list-- with 2 under construction right now, and 17 completed.

Construction projects also include, widening Cusseta Road to 4 lanes, extending the River Walk behind Bibb Mill, and an overpass on Buena Vista road at the spiderweb to alleviate railroad delays.

In 2012, voters in the River Valley and two other Georgia regions approved a 10-year one percent sales tax to fund these transportation improvements.

“I think knowing that you’re voting on a regional tax and that all the projects were delivered, I think you can feel pretty good about that,” says Franks, “from a taxpayers perspective, we’re open and transparent about what we’re doing with the money and where were spending it.”

A public meeting to discuss the specifics of several road projects is set for August 16 at 710 Front Avenue in Columbus.

To take a look at the project list, click here.

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