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Eyes on the Road: Resurfacing causes delays on highway

POSTED: August 18, 2013 11:34 p.m.

Work is underway on the resurfacing of Ga. 53/Dawsonville Highway from Boling Bridge to Manor Ridge, a busy stretch in West Hall County.

The Georgia Department of Transportation project involves the use of a pilot vehicle along the 1.46-mile segment.

“We have been experiencing significant delays through the project area where motorists are expected to follow (the car),” DOT spokesman Mark McKinnon said last week.

The project entails patching, leveling, resurfacing the entire roadway and shoulder filling.

“Traffic will be slow through the construction area, so we are asking motorists to please be alert and careful as (they) travel through the zone and to please bear with us for a few weeks as we get this very busy roadway resurfaced,” said Harold Mull, Northeast Georgia district construction engineer.

The $413,048 project has an Oct. 31 completion date.

Damaged I-985 sign referred to Georgia Logos by DOT officials

The Georgia Department of Transportation plans to alert Georgia Logos about a crumpled blue logo sign off Interstate 985’s southbound entrance ramp at the U.S. 129 interchange, district DOT spokeswoman Teri Pope said last week.

“(We) don’t know what happened to the sign or when it happened,” said

The signs feature the logos of retailers and restaurants as a way to direct motorists to their businesses as they exit the interstate.

Georgia Logos, which has an office in Norcross, “handles all aspects of that program,” Pope said. “We will let them know of the damaged sign so they can replace it.”

If a sign is “critical to the safety or operation of the roadway/ramp, we would replace it immediately,” Pope said.

DOT website allows users to suggest needed projects

The DOT has added a new feature to its website that gives users a quick snapshot of ongoing projects.

When visiting dot.ga.gov, click on “Projects,” which will lead to a page featuring several options, including a way for users to “suggest a quick solution or improvement.”

“Being responsible for more than 18,000 miles of roads and highways in a state of nearly 10 million people, the (DOT) realizes our projects are almost always in someone’s way,” states a news release issued last week by the department.

“And while we have to do the work necessary to grow and maintain the state’s transportation system, we certainly also ought to make it easier for people to ... know exactly what we’re doing that’s put us in their way.”

The website is intended to “offer the public understandable descriptions and the current status of Georgia DOT projects throughout the state.”

“Easy-to-use links allow viewers to learn about select major projects that have statewide or regional effects, projects in their home and neighboring communities or work that may be going on along routes they intend to travel on an upcoming trip,” according to the DOT.

DOT Communications Administrator Karlene Barron said the DOT “very much wants Georgians to understand our work and the state’s transportation needs.”

“We utilize every tool we can think of to disseminate this information,” she said, “and I think our new Projects Web page is going to be one of the most helpful.”

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

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