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Houston County widens Thompson Mill Road ahead of new primary school opening

The county is working to widen the road to three lanes to prepare for the new Bonaire Primary School traffic.

HOUSTON COUNTY, Ga. — Thompson Mill Road is a work in progress.

"The project was started in August of 2019, and will be complete in time for the school to open," Houston County Engineer Brian Jones said.

Jones says they started designing plans to widen the road almost immediately after the school board decided to build the new Bonaire Primary.

"We knew Thompson Mill Road was already congested and a school would increase the traffic on there. So, there will be a center turn lane with north and southbound lanes on either side," he said.

The County's current SPLOST will pay for the project.

"The project total is about $2.5 million. Included in that is an upgrade in the water main. Because there had been not only problems with traffic, but problems with the water main bursting. Because it was plastic instead of ductile iron, which is what we're putting in now," Jones said.

Jones says other projects they're working on include a stoplight at Russell Parkway and Tharpe Road and lane improvements at Russell and Lake Joy Road.

"At Russell, what is being done, there's going to be additional turn lanes because the turn lanes coming from the base would back up so far they would get into other lanes of traffic. So, we added another one so we could get twice as many people without extending the times on the light," he said.


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