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84 bypass in works?
Wednesday presentation focuses on shortcut
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A long-discussed plan to create a Highway 84 bypass around Hinesville will be the topic of a public presentation here Wednesday evening.
The route the state DoT is proposing would follow some existing right-of-way, but forge into undeveloped land in the Holmestown and Walthourville areas. A public notice the department put out estimates the bypass would be 12 miles of four-lane, divided road.
Southeast of Hinesville, the proposed route would take off the existing 84 where the state is currently building a new intersection for a re-alignment of Highway 196 in the McIntosh community. From there it would angle southeast toward Holmestown Road and follow its curvy right-of-way to Highway 119. It would follow 119 northwest to about a mile outside of Walthourville and then veer into undeveloped land west of 119.
That new section would cross the CSX Railroad tracks and Arnold, Griffin and Dunlevie roads, crossing into Long County and running parallel to the existing 119. It would link back up with 84 in Long County about a mile from 119.
The Wednesday presentation will be informal with maps and other details of the plans, as well as DOT officials to explain what is proposed. A stenographer will be there to take comments from people who have opinions about the plan. It will be from 4-7 p.m. in the courthouse annex in downtown Hinesville.
The notices have not included a construction timeline. But, typically, such meetings can be held years before bids are even proposed for construction.
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