An open house will be held Thursday, from 5-7 p.m. at Moultrie Technical College in Tifton as part of a study conducted by the Georgia Department of Transportation.
The study was in regards to a bypass on Carpenter Road.
The bypass project study has been in the works for sometime now, and the open house Thursday is the final piece of the study, said Tift County Manager Jim Carter.
In June, residents who live in the South Carpenter Road area filled the Tift County Commission chambers to express their concerns regarding the bypass, which would impact several neighborhoods, including Fox Hills (61 parcels of land), Fox Hills Estates (25 parcels), Quail Hollow (31 parcels), Hunter's Creek (37 parcels) and Deer Run (56 parcels). Also affected would be Cove at Willow Creek, which has 76 parcels of land, currently under development, according to C. Wade Clark, who spoke for the group of residents.
Clark told commissioners at that meeting residents in those neighborhoods were opposed to "any kind of bypass to go down Carpenter Road," adding they felt it would diminish property values, and negatively affect residential peace and tranquility.
At the time, Carter told those present that GDOT was conducting a study, but no route had been selected.
"This route was not suggested by any elected official in this county," said Commissioner Buck Rigdon.
Carter also said there is no state or local funding for a bypass, and that they county is focused on getting money for resurfacing of roads.
County commissioners have penned a letter, which has been sent to GDOT, telling the state the commission will not support a bypass on Carpenter Road. Carter said the sentiment is still intact.
The Gazette received a comment for its Rants & Raves column Monday, in which a resident wrote, "Could someone explain why the DOT is holding an open house to discuss the Carpenter Road bypass and in the legal section on Friday the county commissioners are grabbing up rights-of-way on Carpenter Road when it was proclaimed on the front page of The Gazette that the commissioners said no bypass?"
In regards to the acquisition of rights-of way, Carter said they are needed for a widening project from Highway 82 back to Davis, on the north end. The project, which has been on the books for many years, is not part of any bypass, Carter said.
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