The improvements came in the form of an increased runoff space on both sides of Covered Bridge and a longer slope that replaced the steeper drop-off that worried drivers in the past.
“I think it’s going to make that intersection a lot safer for people traveling both ways,” said Euharlee City Manager Trish Sullivan about the improvements.
The soil used to level out the intersection had previously been excavated at the Joe Cowan Park construction site. Euharlee Planning and Zoning Manager Ron Goss made a proposal to use the soil during the Euharlee City Council’s Oct. 2 meeting. He said it was best to move the dirt while construction was still going, as contractors used in building the park could be hired to transport the soil.
The improvements were executed with the approval of the Euharlee Presbyterian Church that sits near the intersection. Sullivan said the church was happy to approve the project, as the extra soil and landscaping solved a drainage problem on the church’s east side.
While the project was approved and completed this year due to the availability of materials, it was not a spur-of-the-moment idea.
“The concern for that intersection has been going on for several years,” Sullivan said. “We have tried to do things, minimal things, to make it safer. However, with the opportunities for having the dirt from the park, it made it quite a bit easier.
“It’s a win-win for everybody and the public.”