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Eyes on the Road: 1st of 4 public meetings on TSPLOST set for tonight
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Road meetings

These public hearings are set on the proposed 1 percent transportation sales tax:

Today: Oakwood City Hall, 4035 Walnut Circle

Thursday: Georgia Mountains Center, 301 Main St.

June 19: North Hall High School, 4885 Mount Vernon Road

June 25: Flowery Branch Depot, Main Street at Railroad Avenue

Each meeting is set for 5:30-7 p.m.

Contacts: or 770-531-6809

The first of four public meetings on the proposed new 1 percent sales tax for transportation improvements is set for 5:30-7 tonight at Oakwood City Hall, 4035 Walnut Circle.

The Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning Organization is sponsoring the meetings, with the goal of explaining particulars of the tax, such as when it would take effect, how long it would stay in force and a description of the projects.

The first 30 minutes will be devoted to allowing residents to look at maps and documents related to the projects, said Srikanth Yamala, the MPO’s transportation planning manager.

At 6 p.m., Yamala will give a formal presentation that will last 30-35 minutes. A question-and-answer session will follow.

“If citizens would like to comment on these projects or (speak) in support of or against the transportation tax, obviously they will be allowed to do so,” he has said.

The sales tax goes to a statewide vote July 31, with the proposal passing or failing in each of 12 established regions.

Hall County falls in the 13-county Georgia Mountains region, where a $1.25 billion revenue haul is projected over 10 years. Hall County would receive $300 million for nine projects.

Approval would increase the sales tax to 8 percent from 7 in Hall.

The other meetings are set for Thursday at the Georgia Mountains Center, 301 Main St.; June 19, North Hall High School, 4885 Mount Vernon Road; and June 25, Flowery Branch Depot, Main Street at Railroad Avenue.

DOT resurfacing road in Franklin, Hart counties

Georgia Department of Transportation maintenance workers are resurfacing Ga. 59 from Wright Bridge Road in Franklin County to Ga. 77 in Hart County.

The work, consisting of removal of damaged sections of roadway for a 3.2-mile stretch, began May 29 and is expected to last through the end of June, weather permitting.

The work will take place 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.

A pilot car and flagger will be in place to direct traffic through the work zone.

Gainesville accepting bids on road work

The city of Gainesville is accepting bids until July 9 on a reworking of Old Flowery Branch Road from Flat Creek Road to the city limits and Willow Ridge Drive from Old Flowery Branch to Willow Ridge Circle.

The project involves milling the road segments, as well as paving and striping.