Area residents have one more opportunity to comment on recommendations in the Hall County area's 2040 transportation plan.
The ice storm is long gone, but the trees and limbs that fell because of it are still strewn across Hall County, with many of them awfully close to roadways.
Legislators' hopes that changes to a transportation funding bill would calm local governments' fears about shortfalls aren't registering this week with Hall County elected leaders.
The planned widening of Ga. 347/Lanier Islands Parkway between McEver Road and Lanier Islands resort in South Hall County got a financial boost last month from the Hall County Board of Commissioners.
The appointment of Russell McMurry as Georgia's roads chief turned a few heads last week.
The consultant helping the Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Hall County area's lead transportation planning agency, is set to give an MPO committee a status report this morning on the 2040 plan update.
The Georgia Department of Transportation is planning changes next week to Ga. 11/U.S. 19/U.S. 129 in downtown Blairsville.
State Sen. Steve Gooch, R-Dahlonega, said he believes there's about $200 million squirreled away in the state's general fund that can help boost transportation.
A fourth public meeting on Hall County's update of its 2040 transportation plan has been postponed.
Traffic is being routed onto newly rebuilt lanes of Ga. 347 from Interstate 985 to west of Hog Mountain Road in South Hall County.
In giving motorists some holiday relief, the Georgia Department of Transportation plans to suspend construction-related lane closures on all interstates and major state routes from 5 a.m. Tuesday through 10 p.m. Dec. 28.
Fixing McEver Road's pavement woes is taking longer than Hall County officials expected.
Gainesville has begun the process to move water lines on U.S. 129/Athens Highway, which the Georgia Department of Transportation has targeted for widening.
Traffic has been flowing since late September on Ga. 347/Lanier Islands Parkway between Interstate 985 and McEver Road in Flowery Branch, but some minor work, or "punch list" items still could take place.
The Georgia Department of Transportation has set public meetings on planned roundabouts at two intersections in Lumpkin County.
Several Hall County projects have federal funding uncertainty, but at least three cited last week by Georgia Department of Transportation District Engineer Brent Cook have no funding certainty at all.
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