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Traffic delays on Ga. Highway 212 may continue for a couple of months

Drivers who travel along Ga. Highway 212 in Newton County can expect construction delays to continue for the next couple of months. According to the state Department of Transportation, the project will add a traffic light and left and right turn lanes at the intersection of Ga. Highway 212 and Bethany Road. The same improvements will be made at the intersection of Ga. Highway 212 and Oak Hill Road. (Staff Photo: Julie Wells)

Drivers who travel along Ga. Highway 212 in Newton County can expect construction delays to continue for the next couple of months. According to the state Department of Transportation, the project will add a traffic light and left and right turn lanes at the intersection of Ga. Highway 212 and Bethany Road. The same improvements will be made at the intersection of Ga. Highway 212 and Oak Hill Road. (Staff Photo: Julie Wells)

COVINGTON—Drivers who regularly travel Ga. Highway 212 around Oak Hill Elementary probably wonder when the road construction and traffic delays will end.

The original completion date for the work was July 31. Expect road crews and delays for at least another 45 days.

According to Gazell (Cissy) McNure of the Georgia Department of Transportation, the project was delayed by “bad weather this winter, some utility issues, and some extra work on the project.”

The contractor, Pittman Construction Company, requested an extension for completion of the project in south Newton near the Rockdale County line. McNure said the DOT is reviewing the request.

She said that the construction is about 54 percent complete.

“It looks like the work will be completed between the end of September to the end of October,” McNure said.

The $2.8 million project will add a traffic light and left and right turn lanes at the intersection of Ga. Highway 212 and Bethany Road. The same improvements will be made at the intersection of Ga. Highway 212 and Oak Hill Road.

Another school in Newton County, Flint Hill Elementary, will be affected by upcoming construction on Airport Road.

Newton County Transportation Director Tom Garrett said that construction will begin in 30 to 60 days.

The Georgia DOT is providing $200,000 for the project, and the county will be obligated for the remainder of the $580,000 total cost, Garrett said.

The intersection of Ga.Highway 142 and Airport Road will be improved for safety, good news in the long run for nearby Flint Hill Elementary. In the short run, delays will be inevitable.

“We’re going to work with the contractor (Pittman) to limit the inconvenience to school traffic as much as possible,” Garrett said.

Pittman will construct a deceleration lane on Ga. Highway 142 heading southeast toward the intersection and a center left turn lane on the northeast side of the highway.

“It will be much safer for parents, school employees and all traffic,” Garrett said.