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Eyes on the Road: Resurfacing work planned in Gainesville

POSTED: January 12, 2014 10:46 p.m.

The Georgia Department of Transportation is planning a resurfacing project that will involve much of east Gainesville, skirting the New Holland Marketplace, which is under development.

A contract has been issued for the work to take place on Ga. 369/Jesse Jewell Parkway from E.E. Butler Parkway to Limestone Parkway and then on Limestone from Jesse Jewell Parkway to U.S. 129/Cleveland Highway — an area last resurfaced in 1994.

The 4-mile project will cost $1.9 million.

Teri Pope, the DOT’s district spokeswoman, said last week she didn’t know when the project might start.

The contractor, Marietta-based C.W. Matthews, “is getting paperwork together,” she said.

The project is set for completion on Oct. 31.

Late last year, the DOT resurfaced Jesse Jewell between Limestone and Interstate 985.

That work was based on the road’s “pavement condition rating only,” not related to the New Holland development, which “came later.”

The DOT awarded the project contract to Pendergrass-based Allied Paving, which was hired later to do the paving work for the development.

Other roadwork has been done around the development, including the construction of a new road, Textile Way.

The shopping center, anchored by a Kroger grocery store, sits at the corner of Limestone and Jesse Jewell, and is also bounded by White Sulphur Road.

Mike McNicholas, president of the project’s Greenville, S.C.-based developer, Carolina Holdings Inc., said in December the Kroger is on track for a March 19 grand opening.

Maintenance work includes vegetation trimming, repairs

A DOT crew is scheduled this week to trim vegetation near the right of way alongside Ga. 52 in North Hall County.

The shoulder of the roadway will be closed during the work.

Also restriping will place on portions of Ga. 369, Ga. 365, Ga. 211 and Ga. 347, requiring lane closures.

And a crew will repair a broken concrete median on Ga. 60 at Old Monroe Drive. The inside turn lane will be closed as work occurs.

Elsewhere, a crew will be inspecting pipes underneath Ga. 15 while a damaged guardrail is repaired on Ga. 365 in Habersham County, and workers plan to rebuild and repair shoulders next to Ga. 11/U.S. 129 in White County.

The maintenance work is set to take place today through Friday. Work hours are 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., weather permitting.

DOT consolidates offices to improve efficiency

The DOT’S area offices serving Northeast Georgia were consolidated earlier this year to improve efficiency and save money.

The number of offices was reduced to four from six.

“We closed (the) two oldest and most expensive offices to maintain and operate in Lawrenceville and Clarkesville,” District Engineer Bayne Smith said. “We also grouped like counties together, improving our efficiency.”

Hall, Dawson, Forsyth and Gwinnett counties are in Area 1, with the main office — as well as the District 1 office — at 2505 Athens Highway SE in Gainesville.

State DOT board committee to discuss legislative issues

Transportation isn’t expected to be a huge issue in this year’s General Assembly, which starts today.

But that’s not stopping the State Transportation Board of Georgia from feeling out concerns.

The board’s legislative committee is expected to hear from Josh Waller, director of policy and government affairs, on the department’s 2014 Legislative Agenda at the board’s committee meetings Wednesday in Atlanta.

The meeting is set for 3 p.m. at the DOT’s offices at One Georgia Center, 600 W. Peachtree St. NW.

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



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