SR96 Widening - Houston/Peach Counties
The State Route (SR) 96 widening project will improve the capacity, operational efficiency, and continuity of the SR 96 corridor between Interstate 75 and Old Hawkinsville Road/Thompson Mill Road, as growth on the corridor continues.
The proposed project begins 0.4 miles east of I-75 and ends 0.28 miles east of Old Hawkinsville Road/Thompson Mill Road. This project would widen the existing two-lane rural road to a four-lane urban facility separated at different locations by either a 44-foot grassed median or a 24-foot raised median. The urban section will also include 4-foot bike lanes, curb and gutter, and five-foot wide sidewalks along both sides of SR 96 for the entire length of the project.
Impact on Commercial District
To avoid impacts to the downtown Bonaire commercial district, a new alignment is proposed approximately 1400 feet north of the existing at-grade intersection of SR 96 and SR 247/US 129. The proposed SR 96 crossing of the Norfolk Southern Railroad and SR 247/US 129 would be on a bridge. Due to these grade separations, access between relocated SR 96 and SR 247/US 129 would be provided via a partial cloverleaf interchange. The relocated SR 96 alignment will tie back in with existing SR 96 just east of its existing intersection with Old Hawkinsville Road/Thompson Mill Road.