The Henry County SPLOST Department is working diligently to get as many transportation projects completed as possible while bid prices are lower, stretching the value of the penny sales tax to accomplish even more. The department currently has 13 SPLOST transportation projects totaling more than $61 million under construction, and has already completed eight others totaling $23,338,071.32.
One of those projects, an extension of East Lake Parkway, opened to the public on July 30. Phase II of the East Lake Parkway Extension was a major transportation project involving the creation of a new four-lane divided roadway connecting Highway 155 to Springdale Road. The 2.42 mile segment of roadway, when combined with East Lake Extension Phase I and Eagles Landing Parkway, creates a much-needed east-west connector through central Henry County.
“I am truly excited to open this road,” exclaimed District 3 Commissioner Randy Stamey. “This east-west corridor connects State Route 20 to I-75, and will help to decrease trip times for citizens in the area, as well as improve emergency response times.”
The new roadway was designed by QK4 and constructed by Construction Management & Engineering Services. It cost a total of $11,433,480, with the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA) contributing $6,007,000 toward construction and right-of-way acquisition costs.
With nearly $85 million in transportation projects either under construction or already complete, the SPLOST III program is enabling the County to construct critical infrastructure that would not be possible without the penny sales tax. The total budget for the Henry County Department of Transportation, by comparison, is just over $7.4 million.