MILLEDGEVILLE — The process that facilitated traffic control and roadway improvements to the intersection of West Campus Drive and U.S. Highway 441 started with Milledgeville City Council in June 2010.
Council adopted a resolution stating that the “City of Milledgeville agrees to provide design, oversight and installation of new traffic control measures, roadway improvements and West Campus Drive entrance improvements in exchange for Georgia College & State University providing $350,000 for the cost of the referenced traffic control measures and roadway improvements.”
Cissy McNure from Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) Office of Communication said via email this week that the City of Milledgeville elected to perform the project by securing a Special Encroachment Permit.
Within the last few weeks, the West Campus entrance was closed off for a list of road upgrades.
Associate Director for Planning, Construction & Business Services Rick Ruark said time spent working with the city and the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) has been worthwhile.
“GDOT brought a lot of great ideas,” Ruark said. “It was getting through the vetting process to get where we are now.”
McNure said the city and college put in the bulk of the planning and implementation.
“West Campus Drive is a city street, while also serving as the main access to several GC facilities; therefore, both the city and college are major stakeholders in this project,” McNure said. “They were responsible for the preliminary engineering, and they are responsible for the roadway construction.”
The final plans include a deceleration lane on the southbound entrance to West Campus Drive from U.S. Highway 441, as well as a right turn lane, a straight lane and a left turn lane on West Campus Drive entering 441.
While the primary focus is traffic flow, Ruark said auxiliary aesthetic additions of a center stone structure element to split the drive and two stone wing walls on either side will boost West Campus identification. No more blinking eye Bobcat.