STOCKBRIDGE — The Stockbridge City Council unanimously supported Henry County’s request for the Georgia Department of Transportation to build the Western Parallel Connector.
The council voted in favor of the request at Monday’s meeting, which echoes a similar decision issued by the Henry County Board of Commissioners at their meeting last Tuesday.
The first phase of the Western Parallel Connector would connect Hudson Bridge Road to Jodeco Road and would begin construction in late 2023, potentially in October.
The Western Parallel Connector is a four-lane road that would run parallel to Interstate 75 and would provide motorists with a way to get across Henry County without having to get on the interstate.
In addition, the resolution requests that GDOT get going with construction on the first phase of a project improving Jonesboro Road. Currently, the road is four lanes past the Town Center shopping center, where it drops down to two lanes.
While that project is not in the city of Stockbridge, council members expressed their support for it as well.
Councilwoman Neat Robinson said the new road would spark economic development and the resolution was necessary to show GDOT that there was a united voice among local governments in the county.
Councilman Elton Alexander also spoke in favor of the proposal, reiterating the need for a united voice to help convince GDOT to construct the project.
“With (Henry County) taking the lead and us cosigning this, it puts us on the same page,” Alexander said.
Alexander also took aim at a perceived bias that GDOT has in favor of projects in the north metro Atlanta area, after GDOT indicated it did not have enough funds to construct the Western Parallel Connector.
“This Western Parallel Connector is supposed to go from Hudson Bridge to Jonesboro Road, but the state tells us there’s not enough money for it,” Alexander said. “But, there’s enough for a $1 billion interchange at Interstate 285 and (Ga. Highway) 400. That $1 billion would solve all of our problems. If you hear our voice, call your representatives, call the state and tell them the south side needs adequate funding, too.”