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Ask The Times: When will McEver Road, bridges in Hall be fixed?
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The heavily patched surface of the Dawsonville Highway westbound bridge over Lake Lanier is being repaired. The $2.9 million project will remove the damaged driving surface and replace it. It will also reseal the bridge joints, paint the trusses, replace bearings and repair substructure spalling.

If you’ve been wondering about something in your community, Ask The Times is your place to get answers. The following question was submitted by a reader and answered through the efforts of our news staff.

During the holidays I traveled several roads in Hall County that are in deplorable condition. McEver Road going south toward Lanier Islands, as well as north to Gainesville, is so full of holes I was weaving all over the lanes to avoid damage to my car. Then, the concrete bridge on Ga. 53 going west and the bridge on Ga. 369 are so eroded it’s disgraceful and in my opinion unsafe. When will they be fixed?

Hall County spokeswoman Katie Crumley said Hall County, with participation from corresponding cities, is currently resurfacing McEver Road from Lanier Islands Parkway to north of the Jim Crow Road intersection. She said an additional stretch from that point to Flat Creek Road will be resurfaced this summer.

Crumley said Hall County is paying for the McEver repairs, the majority out of special purpose local option sales taxes and some out of grants, and Flowery Branch has agreed to reimburse the county for its portion of the road. She added that details have yet to be worked out on possible reimbursements from Oakwood for its portion of McEver.

Work has begun on the westbound Ga. 53/Dawsonville Highway bridge over Lake Lanier in Gainesville, also known as the Jerry Jackson Bridge, in preparation for resurfacing.

Brent Cook, Georgia Department of Transportation district engineer, said the DOT is buying right of way now and expects to put out bids in the next 12-18 months for replacement of Browns Bridge, the green bridge on Ga. 369 near the Forsyth County line.

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