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Public hearing set on project to widen Ga. 13

DOT engineers to be available Oct. 4 in Buford to discuss plans

POSTED: September 25, 2012 1:14 a.m.

The Georgia Department of Transportation and Buford are sponsoring a public meeting on the proposed widening of Ga. 13 from Sawnee Avenue in Buford to just south of Ga. 347/Lanier Islands Parkway in South Hall County.

The meeting is set for 4-7 p.m. Oct. 4 at Buford City Hall, 2300 Buford Highway.

Georgia DOT engineers will be available to discuss the proposed project.

No formal presentation is planned.

“This project will improve the traffic flow through the area by creating additional lanes for vehicles and sidewalks on both sides of the roadway for pedestrians,” said District Engineer Bayne Smith.

The project was on the Atlanta region’s list as part of the July 31 transportation sales tax referendum, which was strongly defeated by voters.

It was advertised as a $28 million project.

The DOT held a public information meeting on the project in 2009.

At the time, Buford City Manager Bryan B. Kerlin said the North Gwinnett city was using its Gwinnett share of special purpose local option sales tax revenue to pay for engineering, right-of-way acquisition and possibly construction.

“We’re also partnering with (nearby) Rest Haven and using some of their Gwinnett SPLOST dollars as well, for the engineering side,” he added.

Kerlin couldn’t be reached for comment Monday.

The 2009 meeting introduced the project to the public.

The Oct. 4 meeting “will show the community the best buildable route,” said Teri Pope, spokeswoman for
the DOT’s District 1, which includes Hall and Gwinnett.

“This is the next step in the development process of the project.”

Anyone unable to attend the meeting can send comments to: Glenn Bowman, Georgia DOT, 600 W. Peachtree St., NW, 16th floor, Atlanta, GA 30308.

All comments will be considered in the development of the final project design and must be received by Oct. 18, according to a news release.

After the open house, plans can be viewed at the DOT District 1 office at 2505 Athens Highway in Gainesville.
The plans will be available on the DOT website, www.dot.ga.gov, on the day of the open house meeting.

On the home page choose “Public Outreach” and select the project’s county, then choose “Go.” A list of DOT projects in that county will appear.


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