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Commissioners approve payment of Effingham County Parkway share
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 SPRINGFIELD — The Effingham County Parkway just got a whole lot closer to becoming a reality.

In a special called meeting Monday, the Effingham County Board of Commissioners approved payment of $20,450,661.40 to the Georgia Department of Transporation Office of Financial Management as the county’s share of the construction cost of the long-awaited project. It will provide an alternate north-south route to Ga. Hwy 21.

The total cost is expected to be $58,695,945,45. GDOT is expected to award the contract July 10.

According to GDOT, the project would consist of constructing a two-lane new location roadway. The project would begin at Ga. Hwy 30 approximately 1.5 miles west of Ga. Hwy 21 and end at Blue Jay Road, approximately 3.2 miles west of Ga. Hwy 21. The intersection of Effingham Parkway at Blue Jay Road would be realigned to have Effingham Parkway tie into the east side of Blue Jay Road and the west side of Blue Jay Road would form a T-intersection with Effingham Parkway. 

The typical section is proposed to have 12-foot lanes with 10-foot outside shoulders (including 6.5-foot paved) on an 80-foot right-of-way. Right-turn and left-turn lanes would be provided at the intersections of SR 30, Goshen Road, Walter Tuten Road and Blue Jay Road. The total length of the project is approximately 6.4 miles.