Rockdale County officials on July 27 celebrated the completion of the Old Covington Highway widening and reconstruction project, which has been a community transportation goal since the 1990s.
The project cost about $5 million. SPLOST funds covered the design of the project, while state funds covered site acquisition.
Rockdale BOC Chairman Richard Oden, City of Conyers Mayor Randy Mills, Transportation Department Director Miguel Valentin and SPLOST Oversight Committee leadership spoke briefly during the ribbon cutting celebration.
The new alternative route will provide relief for vehicles crossing State Route 20/138 through the heavily congested Dogwood Drive intersection.
The section of Old Covington Highway that dead-ended near SR 138 had to be lowered as much as 10 feet in some areas in order for the road to go under the existing State Route 138 bridge.