Tired of traffic congestion in Henry County?
The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) has a solution to help manage the congestion. A proposed project involves the construction of a reversible barrier-separated managed lane system along I-75 in Henry County and Clayton County from SR 155 to SR 138 for 12.24 miles. These lanes are new lanes in addition to the existing general purpose lanes and will travel north during the morning commute and south during the evening rush hour. To learn more about the project and to provide input, please visit this website.
Henry County and its Cities will create a sense of community by working together in a way that respects the role and place for both rural and urban development. The County and Cities will link their land uses with a safe, efficient, balanced, and environmentally friendly transportation system that meets the public’s needs, fosters strong economic opportunities, and helps create a high quality of life for future generations.
Transportation Planning in Henry County
Henry County has experienced significant growth in population and development in recent years. A community’s economic prosperity and quality of life depends to a large extent on the performance of its transportation system. Not only does the transportation system provide opportunities for the mobility of people and goods, but over the long term it influences patterns of growth and the level of economic activity through the accessibility it provides to land. Henry County and the Cities of Hampton, Locust Grove, McDonough and Stockbridge all share an interest in creating quality communities and effective transportation systems.
Transportation planning plays a fundamental role in the local community, region and state’s vision for its future. It includes a comprehensive consideration of possible strategies; an evaluation process that encompasses diverse viewpoints; the collaborative participation of relevant transportation-related agencies and organizations; and open, timely, and meaningful public involvement.
Henry County since the late 1990s, has become one of the fastest growing counties in the U.S. and currently holds the distinction of the fastest annual rate of growth of any of the counties in the Metro Atlanta region. This rapid growth and the associated development pressures are transforming many rural locations in Henry County into suburban development, with new housing, commercial, school, and entertainment areas emerging continually. This rapid rate of population growth, together with a relatively low level of job growth in high-income sectors, is challenging Henry County and its Cities to meet the citizens’ expectations in terms of publicly-funded K-12 school facilities, street and highway infrastructure, water, and sewer systems, recreational areas, emergency services, and other public facilities and services. While local funding initiatives, such as the County’s Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) initiatives have addressed some of these needs, many unfunded needs, especially in the area of transportation, are apparent in Henry County.