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Eyes on the Road: Resolution gets lukewarm OK from governor

POSTED: May 12, 2013 11:55 p.m.

Gov. Nathan Deal signed Senate Resolution 293 last week despite reservations over the renaming of Ga. 347 east of Interstate 985 in South Hall County, his office said.

“The governor thinks the name change should apply from I-985 west to the lake, but not to the east of the highway,” said his spokesman, Brian Robinson.

“People in the area have expressed to him their wish to keep their Friendship Road address, and he agrees with that.”

The 24-page resolution also deals with a bevy of other roadway dedications, including one in Gainesville — the naming of U.S. 129 at Athens Street as the Beulah Rucker Oliver Memorial Intersection.

Also in the resolution: naming U.S. 19 at Cavender Creek Road in Lumpkin County as the Judge William Jeffrey Lowe Memorial Intersection, and Ga. 400 at Ga. 141 in Forsyth County as the William Everett Bennett Memorial Interchange.

It dedicates Ga. 347 between I-985 and Ga. 211/Old Winder Highway as Lanier Islands Parkway, mirroring a couple of hotly contested votes taken Feb. 28 by the Hall County Board of Commissioners.

They voted unanimously to name Ga. 347 Lanier Islands Parkway between Spout Springs Road and Ga. 211, and they split 3-2 in their vote to rename it as such between I-985 and Spout Springs Road.

Ga. 347 is now also known as Lanier Islands Parkway between Lake Lanier Islands resort and I-985.

It is Friendship Road east of I-985 to Spout Springs, where it continues along Spout Springs and then Thompson Mill Road. The commission’s action changes the name in January 2015 or when a road project there now underway is completed.

A Georgia Department of Transportation project calls for widening the entire stretch, with work underway between McEver Road/Peachtree Industrial Boulevard and Ga. 211. The project involves mostly existing roads; a new alignment will be built between Spout Springs and Ga. 211.

A future widening is planned for the section between McEver and the resort.

Overnight work scheduled on I-985 section in Gwinnett

DOT maintenance crews plan to replace aging slabs or sections of concrete on part of the Gwinnett County section of I-985 this week.

The project will start at Interstate 85 and continue north for two miles.

Weather permitting, crews will work 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. through the work week.

The “work is needed to provide a smoother riding surface,” states a DOT release last week about the project.

The right or outside lane will be closed for the work. One lane of I-85 north will be closed as it approaches I-985, allowing traffic to shift out of the work area.

Delays are expected as this work closes one of two northbound lanes on I-985, and the work likely will also slow traffic on I-85, states the news release.

Resurfacing projects OK’d across Northeast Georgia

Last week, the DOT announced resurfacing projects across state routes in Northeast Georgia.

The work includes:

Habersham County: 6.37 miles of Ga. 17 from Ga. 15 to Ga. 115 at a cost of $1.4 million.

Habersham and Stephens counties: 6.4 miles of Ga. 17 Alternate from Ga. 184 to Antioch Road at a cost of $1.1 million.

White County: 7 miles of Ga. 348 from Ga. 75 Alternate to the Union County Line at a cost of $1.06 million.

White County: 7.38 miles of Ga. 11 from the Hall County Line to Allison Drive/Kennimer Street at a cost of $2.07 million.

All of the projects are set for completion on March 31.

Also approved is a contract to upgrade traffic signals on Ga. 15 and Ga. 11 Business in Jackson County. The project, costing $443,443, is set for completion on Feb. 28.

Jeff Gill covers transportation issues for The Times. Share your thoughts, news tips and questions with him:

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