Study to evaluate Hudson Bridge, Jonesboro roads

Government leaders in Henry County are setting the wheels in motion to make improvements to a well-traveled area.

The Board of Commissioners has awarded a $100,000 bid for a Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) study, which will be part of a feasibility study for a connector between Hudson Bridge Road and Jonesboro Road.

"The purpose of the study is to determine the best alignment for the proposed parkway," said Commission Chairman Elizabeth "B.J." Mathis. "The study will take into account the concerns of property owners, topography and environmentally sensitive areas," she said. "At the end of the study, the most feasible alignment will be presented. This is an initial, first step for any new proposed roadway."

The winning bid was submitted by the JB + a, Inc., based in Atlanta. The project was developed by Henry's Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) Department, according to county spokesperson, Julie Hoover-Ernst.

"The primary vehicular artery proposed for the LCI study area is a Western Parallel Connector along I-75, between Hudson Bridge Road and Jonesboro Road, to be used as a local alternative to the interstate," Hoover-Ernst said.

She added that the feasibility study will analyze environmental, historical and usage impacts, and will look at other considerations, such as lane and sidewalk widths, setbacks and medians.

"It will include several public meetings to provide the community the opportunity to review the analyses and make suggestions, and later, to provide feedback about the preferred alignment, after it is developed," Hoover-Ernst said.

"The result will be a conceptual design of the road's alignment and design features that SPLOST can then use to develop the full engineered design."

For more information about the LCI Supplemental Study, visit www.hcpz.org/lci.