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Is the Daniells Bridge Road Project About Safety or Development?

Tom Kittle, who really is at the center of the Daniells Bridge Road extension and flyover, made his case for this project and the related widening of the road in a straightforward fashion at the Oconee County Board of Commissioners meeting last Tuesday.

These two projects, in his view, will facilitate the flow of traffic from outside of Watkinsville to Epps Bridge Parkway, thereby relieving existing congestion at the Oconee Connector, and will open up additional land, including land he owns, for development.

Board of Commissioners Chairman Melvin Davis, who is the only member of the board so far to take a stand in favor of the two projects, has made his case more narrowly.

In the more than seven minutes Davis spoke about the projects on Tuesday night, he mentioned development not at all.

Rather, according to Davis, what is driving him to push the projects is a concern for public safety.

Tonight, the Board of Commissioners will once again take up the legal agreements with the Georgia Department of Transportation that would move the widening of Daniells Bridge Road and the extension and flyover to a timetable calling for immediate design work and funding.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the courthouse in Watkinsville.

For more, visit Oconee County Observations.