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Gainesville to apply for Ga. 369 road improvement grant

Money would pay for extending, building turn lanes; projects’ total cost would be $1.1M

POSTED: October 10, 2013 11:30 p.m.

Gainesville is looking to apply for a State Road and Tollway Authority grant for improvement projects on Ga. 369/Browns Bridge Road/Jesse Jewell Parkway.

The $885,000 grant would pay for extending the eastbound right-turn lane at E.E. Butler Parkway, building a westbound right-turn lane at West End Avenue and building an eastbound right-turn lane at Auburn Avenue.

“This is obviously designed to improve our levels of service, or traffic delays, on Ga. 369,” Traffic Engineer Dee Taylor told Gainesville City Council during a work session Thursday morning.

The grant doesn’t require a match from the city. However, as it may give the city an edge against other applicants, the city plans to contribute $208,000, which would come from unspent money in the fiscal 2012 street resurfacing program.

The projects’ total cost would be $1.1 million.

Taylor said the grant application would have to be filed by the end of this month, and “sometime after the first of the year, (SRTA) will start releasing who met the qualifications.

“We’d come back to let you guys know whether or not we’re successful,” he said.

SRTA, a state-created authority that operates toll roads, including high occupancy toll lanes on Interstate 85 in Gwinnett and DeKalb counties, announced Sept. 3 it was accepting applications from local governments and community improvement districts for the funding through the Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank.

Some $16 million in grants and $9.3 million in loans will be available.

“We (had) considered one big project from the master plan list, but wanted to spread the available funds around to a few smaller projects so as to have a larger improvement and benefit to the community,” Taylor said, referring to the city’s ongoing efforts to produce a master transportation plan.

The E.E. Butler, West End and Auburn intersections “fit within the three-year completion timeline that is mandated by the grant,” he added.


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