After more than a year of opposition from numerous Bishop residents and the University of Georgia Athletic Department, the Georgia Department of Transportation has decided not to construct a truck bypass through Bishop in the near future. 

The roundabouts, which were included with the bypass alignment, are no longer being considered as well, said U.S. 441 Project Manager Bruce Anderson Jr. 

The bypass and roundabout project will now be categorized under “long-range” funding with no specified date for construction. 

“Due to the lack of public consensus for the proposed alignment within Bishop, GDOT will not move forward with the localized bypass alignment,” said Anderson. 

GDOT will still widen U.S. 441 to a 4-lane road from Madison to Bishop, stopping at Astondale Road. The downtown retail district of Bishop will remain as it is. 

The state will acquire right-of-way in February 2021 with construction beginning in summer of 2023.

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A real bypass east of Bishop has been envisioned for thirty years.

A major American artery passes around Madison Watkinsville, which has give both downtowns breathing room for better parking and foot traffic, contrary to the doomsayers prior to the construction of the bypasses.

Meanwhile, the UGA Equestrian organization for some reason built an expansion in the area of the long-proposed Bishop bypass. Bothering some horses has halted a proper route for a national artery.

Pay no attention to the FACT that horses used to crowds and competitions might have a few days of learning. Horses even tolerate trains and shooting off their backs with a little training.

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