Kulash will review Houston Road project
By Kristen Wyatt
The Macon Telegraph
CAUTION Macon scored something of a victory in its fight against widening Houston Road on Thursday when "neighborhood-friendly" road planner Walter Kulash was assigned to look at the project.
The city-county road program's technical advisory committee decided to ask Kulash to evaluate the plan to widen Houston Road after citizens complained he wasn't involved with the project. Work to widen Houston Road to five lanes could begin as early as September.
CAUTION Macon, a grass-roots organization battling road projects and development, had pushed for Kulash's hiring in the first place. But Kulash hadn't been offered a chance to work on one of the road program's most controversial projects - Houston Road.
The committee's decision brought applause from several citizens who complained about the project at the Thursday meeting.
"I've seen six homes for sale on Houston Road already," Rosalyn Puckett said. "They don't feel they can live on a five-lane highway. They can't fight it, so they choose to leave. If running people out of their homes is the goal of this program, you're being successful."
After the meeting, county engineer Bob Fountain said he wanted people to know the technical committee wants to do what's best for the entire county.
"We believe we're doing the right thing," Fountain said. "We do realize that some people are going to be hurt. We're trying to affect as few people as we possibly can. If we didn't believe that, we wouldn't be able to do this."
In other action Thursday, the advisory board approved: