McDONOUGH — The Georgia Department of Transportation has approved the location and design for a road known as the Western Parallel Connector. GDOT approved the location and design on June 10.
The road will be located along the west side of Interstate 75 from Jonesboro Road to Hudson Bridge Road and is around 3.3 miles long.
The road will run parallel to Interstate 75, similar to how Patrick Henry Parkway runs parallel to the interstate on the east side from Jodeco Road to Eagles Landing Parkway.
According to GDOT, the project would begin at the existing four-way intersection of Jonesboro Road and Mt. Olive Road and proceed north on the existing alignment approximately 1,600 feet before going onto the new location and ending at an existing intersection of Hudson Bridge Road. The roadway would consist of four lanes (two in each direction) separated by a raised median.
The project would consist of both urban and rural typical sections. The urban shoulders would contain 5-foot sidewalks on both sides of the road, and the rural shoulders would contain a 5-foot sidewalk only on the east side of the road.
According to the GDOT’s website, the acquisition of right of way for the project is expected to take place in the 2020 program year at a cost of $6.57 million. Construction is not expected until the 2023 program year.
Construction of the roadway has an estimated cost of $43.974 million, an estimate made in August 2017.
The Western Parallel Connector has been a number of years in the making. Meetings have been held in the county concerning the highway dating back to at least 2011, and last year, the Henry County Board of Commissioners and the Stockbridge City Council both formally requested that GDOT move forward with constructing the highway.