This page contains information relating to ongoing work being completed by the City of Covington.
Large Road Widening
Project Underway North of Interstate 20 in Covington
A $10.6 million road widening project began in
December, 2016 and will take approximately three years to complete. The work
will start at exit 93 on Interstate 20 and extend to Sims Chapel Road on State
Route 142. Work will also be done from Harland Drive to Avenue of Champions on
“The Georgia Department of Transportation is
anticipating a tremendous amount of growth in that particular area of Covington
and are being proactive in addressing possible future road needs,” Said City of
Covington Transportation Manager Ken Swain. “This is a large project spanning
nearly two miles and we are looking forward to working with GDOT to help bring
these improvements to life.”
The project will include widening State Route
142 from two lanes to four and replacing the CSX railroad bridge. According to
GDOT, these improvements will create additional vehicular capacity that will
improve mobility, reduce the frequency of traffic accidents and reduce
congestion. The work is also aimed at enhancing economic development
The City of Covington has both overhead and
underground utilities and will have a working relationship with GDOT and the
contractor for the duration of the work. This project is part of GDOT’s
Statewide Transportation Improvement Program designed to help improve corridors
of the state with burgeoning growth. Motorists should exercise caution and
patience while construction is underway.
of Covington Continues to Improve Connectivity;
Phase One of Sidewalk Project
The City of Covington is currently completing phase one of a three
phase sidewalk project. Stretching from the Covington Crossing shopping center
on Highway 278, the current phase will end at the Turner Lake roundabout.
“The City of Covington has
been working on connectivity for decades now and this is a key part of our plan,”
said City of Covington transportation manager Ken Swain.
Phase one calls for 1,000 feet
of sidewalk that is 60 inches wide and will cost approximately $85,000 to
complete. The City of Covington is responsible for $35,000 with the remaining
$50,000 being paid for by a Georgia Department of Transportation grant. Work is
scheduled to be complete by Dec. 31, 2016.
The concept for phases two and
three are awaiting approval by the City Council, but would connect the Turner
Lake roundabout sidewalk to Washington Street.
“We are seeing a shift in the
way people travel,” Swain said. “More and more people are using alternate means
of transportation like bicycles and walking. These sidewalks will play an
integral role in safely helping pedestrians on their journeys.”
Indian Creek Subdivision Work:
We, the City of Covington, have enjoyed serving Indian Creek
residents power and natural gas for more than 30 years. I want to reach out to Indian Creek
residents to make you aware of upcoming work in your area. Although we have replaced parts of our system
in your area periodically on an as-needed basis, we want to update our power
and natural gas distribution systems on Pinecrest Drive and Indian Creek Circle.
For natural gas, our contractor will replace our main line
around Indian Creek Circle. Once the
new main line is installed, our crews will be converting individual service
lines to the new main line. We will
contact you in advance when your service is ready to be converted. We are striving to complete this work by
For our power lines, we will be replacing poles along
Pinecrest Drive. We will do this work
with our own line crews. To complete
this work, our trucks will be set up in the road for a few hours at each
location. While partially blocking the
road, we will direct drivers through the work area safely. Individual services may experience a short
service interruption. Should a service
interruption be required, you will be notified prior to the interruption. We should complete all power pole
replacements by February, 2017.
As always, yours and our safety takes precedence every
day. Thank you for your patience
during our improvement period
If you have any questions please call 770-385-2027.
Tim J. Morris, PE
Utility Director, Electric & Gas