The North Gray Bypass is something that most residents of Jones County and Gray do not believe will happen in their lifetime, but that view is not shared by County Commission Chairman Preston Hawkins. The chairman, who retired from the Georgia Department of Transportation before taking office nine years ago, stays in close contact with GDOT officials, and he is of the opinion that he will see it happen.
Hawkins received information Dec. 13 that he said was good news about the project. It was a list of bids received by the GDOT for the construction of the bypass, with the low bid amount $41,444,694.94. Hawkins said this is good news because it is within range of the GDOT estimate. As a matter of fact, three of the six bids received were within that range.
The chairman said the bid should be awarded within 90 days, and construction should begin in 2014. The estimate for the completion of the bypass is 18 months to two years after construction has started.
Hawkins said the county’s economy will benefit from the construction of the bypass even before it is completed because of the crews who will be eating, staying, and purchasing fuel and supplies locally.
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