Georgia 42 widening project pushed to 2026

Photo taken at GDOT Open House for Georgia 42 widening
Plans for Henry County’s “mega project” to widen Georgia 42 were shown to the public in January 2017. (Henry Herald photo/ Asia Ashley)

Henry County’s largest transportation project has seen its timeline extended an additional three years. The planned widening of Georgia 42 to four lanes between SR 138 in Stockbridge and the McDonough Square has been extended from a previously anticipated 2023 start date to construction now forecast for 2026.

Preliminary engineering started in 2017 and is ongoing for the project. The 7.33 mile long project is in environmental review and field survey work, according to the pre-construction status report available on Georgia DOT’s website. A project concept report, preliminary and final design plans, and a value engineering study must be completed before the project can advance further.

Right of way acquisition is causing the extended project timeline. GDOT had previously budgeted the phase into one fiscal year, 2022, but has now broken the phase into three years, 2022 – 2024. Given the extreme length of the project and the large number of impacted property owners, three years to complete purchase negotiations is more realistic. The project anticipates twenty displacements which will be a costly and lengthy process to acquire.

Cost estimates for the project, as of January 2019, include the following:

Phase Year Cost Estimate
Scoping 2015 $569,017.15
Preliminary Engineering 2017 $3,787,485.00
Right of Way Acquisition 2022 $14,649,666.67
Right of Way Acquisition 2023 $14,649,666.67
Right of Way Acquisition 2024 $14,649,666.67
Utilities 2026 $12,572,077.00
Construction 2026 $64,138,927.49
Total $125,016,506.65

The project is being funded through the transportation funding act of 2015. This signature piece of legislation, also known as House Bill 170, raised the state gas tax and has doubled Georgia DOT’s annual budget for projects. Henry County is one of the biggest benefactors statewide from the additional funding with several major projects funded through the program.

Georgia DOT held an open house in January 2017 to display the project concept to the general public. Copies of the project display are available at the links below:

Image 1 (McDonough Square to McDonough Parkway)

Image 2 (Coffey Lane to Campground Road)

Image 3 (Campground Road to Eagles Landing Parkway)

Image 4 (Eagles Landing Parkway to SR 138)

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