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DOT to discuss project
Porterdale residents invited to meeting

COVINGTON - Officials with the Georgia Department of Transportation will meet with Porterdale residents and members of the City Council at 10 a.m. Tuesday morning at Porterdale City Hall to discuss the proposed intersection improvement project at Ga. Highway 81 and Crowell Road.

According to City Councilman Robert Foxworth, one of the project's engineers, Ben Clopper, as well as several other DOT officials, will answer questions and address concerns about the project, which has come to a standstill in recent months.

Members of the City Council and Newton County Board of Commissioners met earlier this year to discuss some of the project details, such as how the right of way acquisitions and moving of utilities is going to be paid for.

The DOT will be footing the bill for the construction costs of widening the intersection, an estimated $1.7 million, but the right of way acquisition and cost to move utilities will have to be funded by the city, county or a combination of both.

Foxworth encourages residents to attend the meeting and show their support for the city.

"This is a vital intersection, it affects thousands and thousands of people every day," he said.

Joel Griffin can be reached at joel.griffin@newtoncitizen.com.