McDONOUGH – Henry County is poised to receive over $1 million from the Georgia Department of Transportation in exchange for land needed for the Ga. Highway 20 widening project.

The Henry County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the transaction at Tuesday’s meeting. GDOT will acquire around 78,151 square feet of right of way on both sides of Ga. Highway 20.

GDOT is in the process of acquiring right of way for the widening of the road from Interstate 75 to its intersection with Phillips Drive.

In total, the county sold portions of five parcels of land – two parcels belonging to the Henry County Recycling Center, one with 4,582.06 square feet of land and the other with 11,438.53 square feet; one parcel belonging to the county DOT, with 49,826.39 square feet; a parcel of land belonging to the county’s sentence enforcement, with 8,804.73 square feet, and the county’s property on Workcamp Road, with 3,499.50 square feet of land.

Currently, Ga. Highway 20 is four lanes from Interstate 75 to the road’s intersection with Willow Lane and Industrial Boulevard, near a QuikTrip gas station and a RaceTrac gas station. The proposed expansion would widen the road from two to four lanes all the way to the road’s intersection with Phillips Drive. Construction has not yet started on the project.

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A native of Hampton, Georgia, Joe Adgie has worked for the Valdosta Daily Times, Clayton News, Rockdale Citizen and Newton Citizen. Adgie joined the Henry Herald in April 2018.

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