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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