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Eyes on the Road: Temporary bridge being built for Ga. 284 project

POSTED: November 17, 2013 11:06 p.m.

Crews are building a temporary work bridge that will be used to move equipment, materials and staff to the barge, or working platform, in Lake Lanier for the Georgia Department of Transportation’s Clarks Bridge project.

“The crane allows vertical supports or piles to be driven into the lake,” said Harold Mull, district construction engineer. “This will be the support for the temporary bridge.”

Crews continue to move equipment and materials to the project area on Ga. 284/Clarks Bridge Road.

“Working in the lake, preparing to drill for the new concrete support structures, or caissons, is very specialized,” Mull said. “The crews doing that work cannot be in the area until late December. These plans are tentative and are weather-dependent.”

The $8.7 million construction project was awarded to E.R. Snell Contractor Inc. of Snellville.

The project calls for a bridge with 12-foot lanes and an 8-foot bike path in each direction, replacing the existing bridge, which was built in 1958 and does not meet current design standards. It also involves construction of a new pedestrian tunnel under Ga. 284.

The completion date for the work is Dec. 31, 2015.

Construction nearly complete for left-turn lane on Ga. 13

Work is wrapping up on construction of a left-turn lane on Ga. 13/Atlanta Highway at Memorial Park Drive, a busy intersection near the Chicopee Mill Village community.

“The majority of the construction is complete,” said Hall County civil engineer Jody Woodall last week. “We still need to install the permanent striping.”

Work began in October on the $215,000 project, with $200,000 from the state’s Quick Response operational improvement program and $15,000 from Hall’s special purpose local option sales taxes.

The contractor is Simpson’s Trucking & Grading of Gainesville.

The intersection long has been a busy, tricky spot. Motorists heading north into Gainesville on Ga. 13 often had to move onto the right shoulder to get around cars backing up to turn left. Even though buildings surround the intersection, no additional right of way was required for the project.

The DOT plans to upgrade the traffic signal at the intersection as part of a project set for the contract to be awarded in the summer.

“We will upgrade the signal equipment, make the intersection Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant and evaluate the need for a left-turn (arrow),” said Teri Pope, the DOT’s district spokeswoman. “It is hard to count the volume for the (left turn) without a left-turn lane being there.

“The current project will allow for that count to be as accurate as possible.”

The traffic light project is part of nine intersection upgrades costing $1.8 million, Pope said.

Right-of-way acquisition is underway, involving 10 parcels, with an estimated cost of $430,000.

Asphalt work set this week off Ga. 53

A DOT maintenance crew will be out this week, weather permitting, sealing cracks in the asphalt in an area around Ga. 53/Winder Highway.

Lane closures will be required as the work takes place on Ga. 53 and Ga. 332/Poplar Springs Road.

Also, a crew will mow the slopes on Ga. 369, with the shoulder of the roadway closed during the work.

Crews will work 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. today through Friday.

Elsewhere, a crew will trim vegetation alongside Ga. 136 in Dawson County. Another crew will restripe faded pavement markings on Ga. 53 from Ga. 400 to Ga. 9 in Dawsonville, requiring a lane closure.

And crews will mow the slopes alongside Ga. 369 and Ga. 141, then seal cracks in the asphalt on those two roads in Forsyth County. The work will require a lane closure.

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

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