COVINGTON — The Highway 278 Community Improvement District (CID) has completed its initial master plan and now seeks public feedback for finalizing its plans for improving this commercial corridor in Covington.

The CID’s board of directors and administrator Kathy Morgan have been working to improve the Highway 278 corridor since formation of the CID in June 2017. The initial step to improving this thoroughfare to better accommodate all modes of transportation was to create a master plan, which was developed with a focus on improving the corridor following a “Complete Streets” model. The “Complete Streets” model addresses public safety, stormwater runoff, lighting, beautification and greening, curb management, sidewalks, multi-use trails, outdoor seating and all modes of transportation. Rethinking and redesigning Highway 278 will improve safety for all types of transit, creating smart access for pedestrians, bicycles, golf carts, and automobiles. The plan is designed to safely link residential areas to the Highway 278 corridor, providing better access to retail shops, restaurants, medical offices and business services.

The CID master plan serves as the strategic plan for the corridor and the organization. The design team, led by Thomas & Hutton, consultants from Savannah with an office in Covington, received input from stakeholders such as property owners, civic groups, utility companies, local government staff, and the Georgia Department of Transportation. The board of the CID now seeks to hear from the public to ensure that all good ideas are incorporated into the plan. In addition to general input, the CID board also seeks preferences regarding aspects such as multi-use trails, bike lanes, greenspaces, crosswalks and parking. Public input will ensure that the master plan addresses the community as a whole and enable the Highway 278 CID to become the economic clearing house for this entire commercial corridor.

The presentation of the Highway 278 CID Master Plan will be May 14 at The Center located at 2104 Washington St. in downtown Covington from 4:30 p.m until 6:30 p.m. The presentation will begin at 5 p.m. The public is invited and encouraged to attend and provide feedback.

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