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McDuffie commission chooses route for bypass

The McDuffie County Board of Commissioners finalized the route for the western bypass at a meeting Tuesday night.

Known before the decision as Alternate C, the road will divert off of Highway 78 and run into Interstate 20 at a new interchange that is scheduled to be constructed in the next few years, along with the bypass.

"We do need to make that our official route for the continuation of the western bypass if you see fit to do so," said Commission Chairman Charlie Newton just before the unanimous vote in favor of the resolution.

Commissioners had been debating the potential route of the bypass for several months, while also considering a route that would have run through parts of the Belle Meade hunt country.

They've instead chosen a route that will be closer to the interstate and will have the added benefit of showing off the Thomson-McDuffie Regional Airport, as well as the local campus of Augusta Technical College.

A decision on the route was moved forward in late December when Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner Harold Linnenkohl expressed his support for Alternate C at a meeting with local leaders at the airport.

Web posted on Thursday, March 18, 2004

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