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Winder purchases land to improve Broad, Highway 82 intersection

POSTED: August 14, 2014 9:28 a.m.
Zac Taylor/Barrow County News

The Winder City Council purchased this corner lot of land for $450,000 in order to make it easier to turn right onto N. Broad when coming into town from the east on Highway 82.

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The City of Winder approved Tuesday a payment of $450,000 to purchase the property at the corner of East Broad and Broad Streets.

The City plans to have roadwork done to improve traffic conditions in that area. The payment for the property, which is less than half an acre, will go to owner Jon Greeson.

Mayor David Maynard said the way that East Broad (Highway 82) currently meets Broad Street makes a right turn onto Broad extremely difficult.

"If you’re coming into town, you can’t make that right turn—at least in my truck you can’t," Maynard said. "And it’s been that way all my life."

Tuesday night’s purchase agreement will allow a more manageable right turn to be constructed between the two streets, in the area across from Quality Foods, as well as the addition of a right-turn lane.

The state has committed to fund the project 100 percent as long as the cost of construction did not exceed a certain percentage of the cost of the land—a percentage which Maynard said the land purchase falls well under.

With Winder spending $450,000 on the land, Maynard said the city is leveraging another $450,000-$500,000 from the Department of Transportation for the roadwork.

The City is expecting to have construction plans finished by the end of the month, Maynard said, with the actual work possibly to begin in November.

Maynard said he guessed construction would take six months or less, and that he did not think traffic would be stopped from passing through that location in the meantime.

"I think this is a good deal for us—an opportunity to straighten up something that’s been a mess for a long time," Maynard said.




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