2017-03-15 / Front Page

U.S. 27 four laning complete!

The Georgia DOT announced Monday the four-laning of U.S. 27 through Georgia has been completed. The final leg of the 352-mile corridor was a 24.6- mile stretch south of Cuthbert in Randolph County. As far back as 1969, the four-laning of U.S. 27 was always at the top of the wish list of economic development tools.

Since the 1930s the highway had provided a lifeline of tourists and commerce to communities along its route from Miami to Michigan, including Blakely and Early County.

That changed in the late 1950s with the construction of I-75 which siphoned off the north-south traffic and lured industry with its connectivity to major highways stretching across the country.

Following years of promises from state officials, it was in 1989 that it finally appeared the four-laning of U.S. 27 might become a reality as a part of GRIP, the Governor’s Road Improvement Program. Actual construction of projects along the corridor began in the 1990s.

Lack of funding delayed work on a number of legs along the corridor over the years, including the final leg in Randolph County.

Construction of the final leg was the first fully funded Transportation Investment Act (TIA) project.

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