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Last leg of Frank Cochran opened
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Vehicles can go all four ways now from the intersection of South Main and Frank Cochran Drive. - photo by Photo by Alena Parker.
The Georgia Department of Transportation gave Hinesville the green light for opening the final stretch of Frank Cochran Drive’s extension between Highways 84 and 196 on Wednesday.
Work on the much-delayed project actually started five years ago but had been plagued construction problems. The first phase, between 84 and South Main Street opened about a year after work started, the final leg, however has sat idle until several months ago when a new contractor was hired to finish the job.
The original completion date was to be in May 2005.
When Council member Henry Frasier reported the announcement during Thursday’s city council meeting it drew a silent fist in the air cheer from City Manager Billy Edwards.
Mayor Jim Thomas said the strategic road opening would help traffic as the county experiences more growth.
It was designed to be a feeder into Fort Stewart from 84.
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