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Eyes on the Road: Residents can give project input to DOT

POSTED: October 20, 2013 10:19 p.m.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has announced public meetings on transportation projects planned in Northeast Georgia.

The meetings are set for 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Helen City Hall, 25 Alpenrosen Strasse, and 5-7 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Jefferson Civic Center and Clubhouse, 65 Kissam St., Jefferson.

Residents will be able to look at a draft of the fiscal 2014-17 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, Georgia’s four-year transportation program.

The projects include highway, bridge, public transit, bike, pedestrian, railroad and other improvements as identified through DOT planning efforts.

The projects specifically will target work planned for Banks, Dawson, Elbert, Franklin, Habersham, Hart, Jackson, Lumpkin, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union and White counties, which are not designated as “metropolitan.”

In the 15 metropolitan areas of the state, including Gainesville-Hall County, public involvement is the responsibility of the local metropolitan planning organizations, according to the DOT.

The counties in Northeast Georgia that have or are part of metropolitan planning organizations are Clarke, Forsyth, Gwinnett and Hall.

Hall County projects are developed by the Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning District, which maintains a long-range document, the 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan, as well as the four-year Transportation Improvement Program.

At the Northeast Georgia meetings, the public also will be able to look at maps of local projects and discuss them with DOT staff.

The $8.1 billion 2014-17 program, which can be viewed here, includes $5.63 billion in federal aid, $1.52 billion in state money and $950 million in local sources.

$609,000 in widespread paving projects slated for Gainesville roads

Widespread street paving projects are poised to get underway in Gainesville.

Work planned through the year’s end will take place on:

  • Landmark Place from Athens Street to its cul-de-sac
  • Alpine Street from Oak Tree Drive to its dead end
  • Holly Drive from Green Street to its second intersection with Springway Drive
  • Piedmont Avenue from Holly Drive to Wessell Drive
  • Glenwood Avenue from Memorial Drive to Springdale Drive
  • Glenwood Avenue from Summerfield Terrace to Laurel Lane
  • Burns Place from Burns Drive to Enota Avenue
  • Forrest Lane from Forrest Avenue to its cul-de-sac
  • Holly Lane from Longview Drive to Holly Drive
  • Osbourne Avenue from Jesse Jewell Parkway to Myrtle Street
  • Monroe Drive from Athens Street to Athens Highway

Patching is planned on Bradford Street from Dixon Drive to Rudolph Street, Lakeshore Circle from Lakeshore Drive to Westlake Drive and Woodland Way from Lakeview Drive to its cul-de-sac.

The work is estimated to cost $609,000, with $223,000 from the DOT’s Local Maintenance & Improvement Grant and $386,000 from the city’s general fund.

Road leading to Brasstown Bald reopens

Just in time for fall leaf watchers, the DOT has reopened Ga. 180 Spur, the lone road to reach Brasstown Bald and day-use parking in Towns County, at the request of the U.S. Forest Service.

The Forest Service had requested the road closure, citing the federal government shutdown that ended with a congressional agreement last week.

Ga. 180 Spur has no businesses or homes along the roadway. The road is routinely closed during the winter due to snow and ice, the DOT said.

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