Work begins on new HS entrance

Patrick Yost News

Employees with Madison-based East Coast Grading on Monday began the process of clearing land off the Madison by-pass that will create a third entrance to the new Morgan County High School.

According to Dr. James Woodard, the $800,000 project commenced after the Georgia Department of Transportation (DOT) granted permission  to the school to create a deceleration and acceleration lane off the by-pass.

The project will create a “right turn in, right turn out” access to the high school. Woodard said the project should be completed by the end of the year. Students are scheduled to move into the new high school on Tuesday, Oct. 16. The high school construction is part of a nearly $50 million capital spending plan by the Morgan County Charter School System that will include demolition of the old high school and construction of a new Morgan County Middle School in its place.

Woodard said the DOT waived a $36,000 “limited access fee” the department typically charges for intrusions onto state highways.

The new entrance, once completed, will provide a higher level of safety, Woodard said. “It gives us three outlets to get people in and out.”

“I really think it will transfer traffic flow,” he said.

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