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Eyes on the Road: McEver Road targeted for rebuilding in 2014

POSTED: December 1, 2013 11:24 p.m.

Hall County government is planning a $2.7 million rebuilding of McEver Road from Flat Creek Road in Oakwood to Ga. 347/Lanier Islands Parkway in Buford.

Officials are looking to put the “full-depth reclamation” project out for bid in late winter or early spring, with the work occurring in spring and summer 2014, Hall civil engineer Jody Woodall said.

The 8-mile project would involve a “process where the existing road is pulverized and blended with the base underneath,” he said.

“In this case, cement powder will be added to provide additional strength. The new asphalt will be installed on the cement-treated base.”

With reclamation, “we are rebuilding the road instead of just the riding surface, (as done) in resurfacing,” Woodall said.

“Given the amount of patching that would be required prior to resurfacing, the cost of resurfacing would be very comparable to the reclamation project.”

Funding from the Georgia Department of Transportation’s Local Maintenance & Improvement Grant program and the county’s special purpose local option sales taxes would pay for the work.

Oakwood completed a similar project in 2012 on a 1.2-mile stretch of Old Oakwood Road between Mundy Mill and Mountain View roads.

That project cost about $200,000, with the city using $45,000 in two years’ worth of LMIG grants.

“It’s a lot more environmentally sensitive in that you’re not disposing (of) raw material,” Oakwood City Manager Stan Brown said then.

McEver Road will be the scene of much road construction over the next year.

Work is taking place now at McEver’s intersection with Ga. 347, as the DOT widens Ga. 347 to four lanes between McEver and Interstate 985.

The DOT is targeting several intersections on McEver for upgrades next year, work that will bring them to federal Americans with Disabilities Act standards.

The Ga. 53 crossings include Mountain View and Mundy Mill roads.

The project calls for new equipment, including traffic lights that are more energy efficient and can be seen easier in low-light conditions such as rain, fog and snow. ADA-related work involves installation of new pedestrian signals, crosswalk striping and wheelchair ramps.

Also, the county is looking to improve McEver Road at Gainesville Street/Jim Crow Road in Flowery Branch.

That project is in right-of-way acquisition, a process that “has taken a little longer than expected due to contacting all of the parcel owners,” Woodall said. “Some have conducted their own appraisals, which has taken a little longer.”

He has said the county “anticipates bidding the project for construction after the first of the year.”

Oakwood: Work may start next year on right-of-way acquisition in city

Oakwood has completed right-of-way acquisition on Hughes Drive Extension between Ga. 13/Atlanta Highway at Johnson High School and Curt Lance Way off Ga. 53/Mundy Mill Road.

“We’re looking at construction probably sometime next year,” City Manager Stan Brown told an area roads planning group last month.

The work will be done in partnership with Milton Martin Toyota, which has acquired 20 acres off Ga. 13 near I-985, Brown said.

Milton Martin has plans to move its dealership to that property from its current site at 2350 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville.

“There will be some land in there that will be primed for hopefully some good retail/restaurant-type development,” Brown said.

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