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Eyes on the road: Clarks Bridge work may gear up early 2014

POSTED: December 22, 2013 11:29 p.m.

Work on the Clarks Bridge replacement project probably won’t start in earnest until after the new year.

Wet weather has hampered much of the progress this month on the project, which calls for a bridge over Lake Lanier with 12-foot lanes and an 8-foot bike path in each direction.

The $8.7 million project also involves construction of a new pedestrian tunnel under Ga. 284.

"They may come back to work a couple of days between Christmas and New Year’s, but it looks like (it will be for) only delivery of materials or supplies," said Teri Pope, district spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Utility relocation work has taken place at the bridge, however.

"Progress is still being made," Pope said. "It’s just that the contractor isn’t working on the bridge now."

Crews plans to use a temporary bridge to move equipment, materials and staff to a barge, or working platform, in Lake Lanier.

Once a new bridge is built, the current one, which was built in 1958 and doesn’t meet current design standards, will be torn down.

The overall completion date for the project is Dec. 31, 2015.

New turn lane expected to help traffic flow in Jefferson

The DOT has widened Ga. 11 Business/Winder Highway at Ga. 11/Jefferson Bypass in Jefferson to create a 300-foot right-turn lane for motorists heading toward Winder.

The project "improves the overall operation and efficiency of the intersection," said 9th District DOT board member Emily Dunn.

The work also created a through lane for motorists crossing the bypass to Ga. 11.

"I believe (the improvements) will make a big difference to the people who use the roadway daily," Dunn said.

The work was funded through the DOT’s "quick response program," which focuses on low-cost, operational improvements to state routes.

Chamber group releases Ga. transportation report

The Georgia Transportation Alliance has released a publication "establishing Georgia’s transportation vision for the future."

The 26-page document can be downloaded off the alliance’s website,

It contains hundreds of data points to illustrate the economic impact of ports, railroads, highways and bridges, airports and public transportation on Georgia.

"Many times, decision makers tend to see transportation, or one aspect of transportation, in a very narrow fashion," said Michael Sullivan, alliance chairman.

"This restricts our ability to make the best decisions about investment in our infrastructure. We hope that this handbook will help the decision-making process by showing the breadth of our state’s transportation resources in one place — as well as some ideas for the future."

The alliance, an affiliate of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, comprises members from state transportation companies and trade associations, including airlines, railroads, engineering and construction companies and materials producers.

"The involvement of the business community in the discussion about our transportation future will continue to be important to our ability to remain a global logistics hub and the transportation capital of the Southeast," Georgia Chamber CEO Chris Clark said.

"Our goal is to ensure that leaders understand the relationship between infrastructure investment and Georgia’s ability to expand businesses and create jobs."

Area transportation office now updating on Twitter

The office of DOT’s Northeast Georgia district, including Hall County, is now on Twitter.

Area residents and motorists can track transportation updates @GDOTNE.

The district office is at 2505 Athens Highway in East Hall and can be reached at 770-532-5526.

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