Editor’s note: This is part one of a two-part series on area road projects. Next week, we will report on the Experiment Station Road widening. 

The citizens of Bishop have an important message for the city of Watkinsville, which has been lobbying hard for a bypass to divert traffic from Greensboro Highway to Macon Highway, also known as Ga. 15 and U.S. 441, respectively.

“Stay away from Bishop,” multiple residents of the town of Bishop said in anonymous comments submitted to the Madison Athens-Clarke Oconee Regional Transportation Study. 

MACORTS was recently tasked with compiling public comments to give to the Georgia Department of Transportation for a future scoping study. A MACORTS committee last week gave the go-ahead for GDOT to begin the process of formulating alignments. 

“Families and farms outside of Watkinsville should not be required to absorb the city of Watkinsville’s issue onto their rural area,” as summarized by six individuals. 

One person said that the children of Bishop need to be protected, explaining that “65 mph trucks in a 45 mph zone by a church and school are more dangerous than 35 mph trucks in Watkinsville.” 

“Bishop is already having traffic issues and don’t need more,” according to the comments of nine individuals. 

Eight people said that Astondale Road should not be widened or used as a bypass.

For more on this story, see the Nov. 18 edition of The Oconee Enterprise, on sale now at convenience stores and grocery stores and newspaper boxes throughout Oconee County. To subscribe, call (706) 769-5175 or visit the tab on our website. 

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