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Open house set on US 129 project

Plans call for lane widening from Limestone Parkway to Nopone Road

POSTED: February 6, 2014 11:47 p.m.

A public information open house is set for Feb. 27 on the Georgia Department of Transportation’s widening of U.S. 129/Cleveland Highway — work that also will involve two bridge replacements.

The meeting will take place 5-7 p.m. at North Hall High School, 4885 Mount Vernon Road.

The project calls for widening U.S. 129 to four lanes from Limestone Parkway to 1,500 feet south of Jim Hood/Nopone Road, or 5.4 miles.

A raised median will be built between Limestone and Bivins Road, where it will become a grassy median.

“Most of the project utilizes rural shoulders, but in sections where development has occurred, the shoulders will be urban with curb and gutter and sidewalks,” states a legal ad on the project.

Also planned, as part of the widening, is replacing a two-lane bridge over the Chattahoochee River crossing of Lake Lanier and a two-lane bridge over the East Fork Little River crossing of Lake Lanier.

There will be two bridges at each location, each bridge carrying two lanes of traffic, said Teri Pope, DOT district spokeswoman.

The Chattahoochee bridge was built in 1956, and the bridge over the East Fork was built in 1957.

“The engineering done on these projects in the 1990s has to be updated as standards and (Federal Highway Administration) requirements have changed,” Pope said. “Georgia DOT is starting over to develop a plan for this corridor.

“We hope people will come and be a part of the developmental process. We need to know how the road is used and what the community wants for the corridor.”

No formal presentation is planned at the open house. Instead, people will be able to view maps of the project, ask questions and offer comments.

Displays can be viewed 10 days after the open house online at dot.ga.gov.

“A big part of widening a roadway is bringing it up to current design standards,” Pope said.

“Many of the curves will be flattened out or bisected with a new straight roadway. Hills will be lowered and valleys raised to improve the distance drivers can see. We hope the community will share their input on safety improvements too.

“We pull the crash data but want to know the real-life experience of drivers on the roadway.”


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