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What is being done to address trash on Dawsonville Highway?
The road is largely maintained by the Georgia Department of Transportation, although the city of Gainesville maintains a portion of it heading into town.
According to GDOT spokeswoman Katie Strickland, the department’s statewide mowing contracts cut the grass along the shoulders three times a year and pick up litter four times a year. GDOT also has area maintenance crews that pick up litter when they see trash or dead animals.
Strickland said citizens can report litter issues to the GDOT Gainesville office at 770-531-5759. However, GDOT cannot enforce laws that prohibit littering—that is the responsibility of local law enforcement, she said.
Chris Rotalsky, Gainesville’s public works director, said the city mows the medians on Dawsonville Highway out of town to Ahaluna Drive. City crews also pick up litter in that section about every two weeks.