Cherokee County is set to begin making improvements to several intersections along Georgia Highway 140 to help ease commutes for motorists, using Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) money.
“Our Community Development Team, in partnership with the Georgia Department of Transportation, has been working to bring some relief to the Georgia 140 corridor,” Board of Commissioners Chairman Harry Johnston said. “While it will take longer for the full GDOT project to begin, I’m happy to see our county staff moving forward on making traveling on Georgia 140 in our county better.”
In 2019, the county partnered with GDOT in hiring Pond and Company Engineering to conduct a corridor study to identify short-term improvements that would provide relief to travelers until the GDOT four lane widening project of Highway 140 begins more than a decade from now. The study analyzed 18 intersections along the Highway 140 corridor and identified three locations where quick improvements could be made. The locations and improvements include installing a dedicated eastbound left-turn lane at Highway 140 and Hillcrest Drive, lengthening the westbound left-turn lane at Highway 140 and Univeter Road and lengthening the northbound left-turn lane at Highway 140 and Arnold Mill Road.
“The first project will be Highway 140 at East Cherokee Drive, which is out for bid now,” Cherokee County SPLOST Roadway Project Manager Jim Wilgus said. “The project will add right-turn lanes on all approaches, correct the sight distance issue on Highway 140 as it approaches East Cherokee Drive from the east and add sidewalks on all approaches.”
The Highway 140 at East Cherokee Drive project is estimated to cost $3.24 million. The improvements should start later this summer and be under construction for a year. Another project moving forward is at the intersection of Highway 140 and Hickory Road/Batesville Road. This project, currently in the engineering design phase, will add additional travel lanes on Highway 140 and an additional eastbound travel lane on Batesville Road. Construction is estimated to start in a year and a half. Other current projects include installing a traffic signal at the intersection of Highway 140 and Sugar Pike Road, which is currently under review by GDOT. Once approved, the signal will be installed by this fall. The county was also recently awarded money for the engineering design for the Highway 140 at Univeter Road project, with construction estimated to start within the next two years.
For more information and updates on the Highway 140 improvement projects, visit www.cherokeega.com/Roadway-Splost-Program.