Special Photo: A Georgia DOT crew removes Hwy. 36 signs from the Square.
COVINGTON - Roads around the Square in downtown Covington are no longer part of the state highway system.
Clark Street, Church Street and Jackson Highway/Monticello Street are no longer part of Ga. Highway 36. The section of roadway on Monticello Street from King Street to the city limits will be known as Jackson Highway. Currently, residents on Monticello Street from the King Street to Clark Street intersection have three addresses: Ga. Highway 36, Monticello Street and Jackson Hwy. Around 50 parcel owners will be notified of the address change.
The new arrangement will get transfer trucks off the Square and give the city the authority to close roads without seeking permission from the DOT, said City Manager Steve Horton. He said the swap has been a topic of discussion for the past 10 years.
The city swapped with the Georgia Department of Transportation a portion of Covington ByPass/Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue -- from Eagle Drive to U.S Highway 278 -- to be converted to Ga. Highway 36.
Georgia DOT maintenance crews have installed signs renaming the portion of Covington ByPass to Ga. Highway 36. The conversion was a join planning effort between the city of Covington, Newton County and GDOT.
"Newton County is pleased to work with the GDOT and City of Covington to re-route through traffic on Highway 36 to alleviate traffic issues around the downtown square," said BOC Chairman Kathy Morgan in a prepared statement. "As chairman, I understand the importance of collaboration between the State of Georgia, Newton County and all municipalities within our county to better serve our citizens."
In other news, Covington Transportation Project Manager Billy Skinner said Mill Street will be closed from Monday to Aug. 31 for construction of a culvert. Motorists are asked to follow detour signs. Access to residences and businesses will be available.
Also, on Wednesday, the median crossover at Hospital Drive and U.S. 278 will be permanently closed. "Hospital Drive will be right in and right out only," Skinner said.