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Eyes on the Road: New East Hall bridge work nearly complete

POSTED: April 29, 2014 11:37 p.m.

Hall County is moving toward completion of a new bridge on Bryant Quarter Road near Gillsville, but officials need weather to cooperate.

Dana E. Sikes, Hall County project manager, has said the project could be finished soon, “if we can get a couple of weeks without rain.”

“The wearing surface asphalt course still needs to be placed,” Sikes said Tuesday. “Once this has been completed, the road will be striped, the shoulders backfilled and the guardrail installed. The road will be opened after this has been completed.”

At one point, the project at the North Oconee River was estimated to be completed by Nov. 15.

“The contractor lost weeks due to the cold weather, as it impacts the placement and curing of concrete,” Sikes said in a March interview.

She said finishing the approach slab and roadway construction around the bridge hinges on weather conditions.

Bryant Quarter runs between Ga. 82/Holly Springs Road and Ga. 52 in downtown Gillsville.

The project costs $423,360, with the work financed by the Georgia Department of Transportation and Hall special purpose local option sales tax money.

DOT gearing up for work on $6.9 million project in Jefferson

Clearing started Thursday for a $6.9 million construction project in Jefferson.

The Georgia Department of Transportation is gearing up to rebuild Ga. 15 Alternate at Ga. 82, create a one-way pair of parallel streets along Kissam and Storey streets, and build a new bridge over Big Curry Creek and new multiuse trail in Big Curry Creek Park.

Initial work involves clearing the area of vegetation.

The existing bridge over Curry Creek was built in 1929 and does not meet current design standards.

The project is set for completion by Aug. 31, 2016.

Restriping on Ga. 183, Ga. 52 ongoing in Dawson County

State routes are being restriped in Dawson County, work that’s expected to last into next week.

Work is taking place from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays, with travel lanes closed as striping occurs and as the weather cooperates. 

“Rain is slowing work,” said Teri Pope, DOT district spokeswoman.

The project involves Ga. 183 from Ga. 53 to Ga. 52, and Ga. 52 from Pickens County to Lumpkin County.

State transportation poll results set for release today

Results of a poll on Georgia transportation funding are expected to be released today.

“New public opinion research of the state’s voters reveals the importance of roads, bridges and public transportation to their daily lives,” states a news advisory issued last week.

The groups involved in the effort include the American Road & Transportation Builders Association, Georgia Transit Association and Georgia Transportation Alliance.

The federal Highway Trust Fund, which, on average, provides 62 percent of the money the DOT needs for projects each year, is nearly insolvent, the groups state.

“The money crunch is so bad the U.S. Department of Transportation says it will be forced to slow down reimbursements to the state for work already done, beginning early this summer,” according to the groups.

“If Congress does not act to fix the trust fund cash problem before Oct. 1, there will be no federal funds available for any new road, bridge or transit improvements in Georgia in fiscal year 2015.”

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



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