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McDONOUGH —Several Henry County roadways will be brighter and safer after the Henry County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution authorizing the creation of a Thoroughfare and Intersection Lighting Program to identify thoroughfares and intersections where streetlights are warranted, to expedite the installation of streetlights and to provide for the associated utility fees and maintenance costs. The action came at the Aug. 4 commission meeting.

As an added agenda item requested by District II Commissioner Dee Clemmons, board members listed out the major corridors on which they wanted to see streetlights. County roadways that will have streetlights installed are as follow:

♦ Jonesboro Road from the city limits of McDonough to the county line;

♦ Rock Quarry Road (portions located in unincorporated Henry County);

♦ Fairview Road from Panola Road to Hearn Road;

♦ East Atlanta Road from the city limits of Stockbridge to Fairview Road;

♦ Panola Road from East Atlanta Road to Ga. Highway 155;

♦ Campground Road (portions located in unincorporated Henry County);

♦ Jodeco Road; and

♦ Ga. Highway 20

The following intersections are also included in the program:

♦ 1520 South Ola Road

♦ Lester Mill Road and Bill Gardner Parkway (including a reasonable approach in each direction);

♦ Coan Road at Old Jackson Road.

“Today has been huge,” Clemmons said following the board’s decisions. “We have added streetlights to roadways, and this is what our citizens have been asking for some time now. They want to see where their tax dollars are going, and we are able to all of this without raising taxes. That is the key. I am thankful and very excited to see this is where we are today.”

The resolution also allows for the BOC to add thoroughfares and intersections from time to time upon approval by the majority of the board.

The costs of installation of streetlights, together with recurring utility and maintenance costs associated will be paid from the county’s Department of Transportation budget.

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