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CONYERS — The Rockdale County Department of Transportation will hold a public information open house on Thursday, June 6 from 5–7 p.m. at Springfield Baptist Church, 1877 Iris Drive in Conyers on the Courtesy Parkway Extension Project.

The project will stretch from Old Covington Highway to Flat Shoals Road and will include a “flyover” bridge over Interstate 20. The roadway and bridge would run between Old Covington Highway near Courtesy Ford and Flat Shoals Road near Flat Shoals Elementary and would be similar to the Parker Road bridge (no exits or entrances onto I-20).

It would help relieve traffic congestion on the Ga. Highway 138 and Salem Road bridges and on Dogwood Drive and Iris Drive, especially when the Georgia Department of Transportation begins interchange improvements at the Highway 138 bridge over I-20.

The cost of the project is $24 million and the expected completion date is October 2021, totaling about 30 months of construction time.

RDOT Director Brian Allen described how the project will develop during an interview with the Citizen earlier this year.

“It will connect Old Covington Highway and Flat Shoals Road ultimately,” he said. “Courtesy Parkway already comes out on Old Covington, so the plan shows that we divert the parkway from its current alignment between the apartment complex and the Ford dealership. It would go east for a short period and then turn south across I-20.

“It would tie in approximately at the crest of the hill where the Springfield Baptist Church sign is now, then go all the way to Flat Shoals Road. There will have to obviously be improvements made to the intersection with Flat Shoals, because the tie-in would be close to Flat Shoals Elementary School.”

Residents who are unable to attend the open house can go to the RDOT Office, 2570 Old Covington Highway SW, Conyers, GA 30012 for renderings and questions.

For more information, email Genetha Rice-Singleton at genetha.rice-singleton@rockdalecountyga.gov.

Senior Reporter

Born and raised in Decatur, Ga. Graduated from Shorter College in Rome, Ga. in 1979 with B.A. in Communications. Worked in community newspapers for 26 years. Started at Rockdale Citizen/Newton Citizen in January 2016.

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