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Forum set Thursday on Forrester Parkway, Westover project

LEESBURG— Lee County residents will have an opportunity Thursday to learn more about the proposed Forrester Parkway Extension and Westover Road Extension Project — two major road improvements for the county.

The Lee County Board of Commissioners is hosting the public information open house from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Opal Cannon Auditorium, 102 Starksville Ave.

Bob Alexander, director of planning and engineering for Lee County, said the Forrester Parkway extension will begin at the intersection of Glendale Avenue and Creekside Drive and extend west to Oakland Library on U.S. Highway 82.

The Westover Road extension will go north from Fussell Road to the proposed Forrester Parkway.

“The primary objective of Forrester Parkway Extension Project is to provide an east west arterial for traffic between U.S. 19 and U.S. 82, a total length of approximately five miles,” said Alexander.

When linked to the Forrester Parkway section already open to traffic, the roadway will provide a 10-mile connection between Philema Road and U.S. 82.

The Westover Road Extension Phase II will extend the current Westover Road project, from Ledo Road to Fussell Road, from Fussell Road one mile to the north to intersect with Forrester Parkway.

“There must be a balance between the most direct route between the two ends of the project and a mitigation of impact of the disturbance to the environment and adjacent landowners as the project will be constructed in areas that include the Kinchafoonee Creek Watershed, developed residential areas and agricultural uses,” said Alexander.

These routes will be two-lane roadways with posted speed limits ranging from 35 to 55 miles per hour. The estimated traffic volumes according to a study by the Dougherty Area Regional Transportation Study (DARTS) is 4,000 vehicles a day by 2035.

The project is proposed to have a right of way of 120 feet on Forrester Parkway and 100 feet on Westover Road.

The Forrester Parkway project will be funded by SPLOST VI.