McDonough, GA – October 16, 2019 — At the Tuesday October 15, 2019, Henry County Board of Commissioners’ meeting, Chair Wood stated, “There are no designs for an inland port in Henry County contrary to what some would like the public to believe.”
In March 2019, Chair Wood sent out a newsletter mentioning an inland port concept as part of a 20-30-year outlook to help address the county’s safety concerns with truck traffic. The mere reference of an inland port was a concept to be discussed.
Since March, inaccurate claims of an inland port coming to Henry County has fueled both social media and print media with negative emotional outcry. The continuation of disseminating erroneous information was addressed by Chair Wood in the meeting. Chair Wood read and distributed a statement from Stacey B Watson, Director, Economic & Industrial Development at the Georgia Ports Authority, “Our inland port strategy is well underway with three identified sites. Those sites are:
The Appalachian Regional Port – Operational for the last year in Crandall GA. This facility will serve as an economic development generator for the NW region of the State of Georgia
The NE GA Inland Port – The GA Ports has purchased property in Hall County for this project, which is estimated to be operational sometime in the 2023 timeframe.
The West Central GA Inland Port – Selection of a site in west central GA is underway with no specific date identified to be operational. The “anchor tenant” will be KIA, which is a large port user.
There are no other plans for additional inland ports in Henry County or any other area in the state.”
Chair Wood continues to advocate for all possible solutions to our traffic problems such as completing the proposed new Bethlehem Road Interchange on I-75. Henry County must do everything conceivable to keep citizens safe while improving the flow of traffic in the county’s most congested areas such as Highway 155, The Western Parallel, the widening of Highways 20/81, Rock Quarry Road expansion among others.