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Eyes on the Road: Bradford St. could soon be repaved
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Weather permitting, Bradford Street in Gainesville should be paved by the end of the week, said Stan Aiken, the city’s senior civil engineer.

“There will still be some miscellaneous items to construct, but the contractor will largely be out of traffic at that time,” he wrote in an email late last week.

Work on the stretch of road between Forrest Avenue and Academy Street has been ongoing for several months.

Initially, the city was installing a new sewer line in the area and abandoning a decades-old line that ran underneath a building.

Then, workers discovered what appeared to be a sinkhole. As it dug, the city found it needed to replace a terra cotta stormwater pipe system, which was found to be in disrepair.

For the past couple of months or so, repair work has been underway, with a flagger or two directing drivers through the area.

A contractor for Gainesville has been working to install about several hundred feet of reinforced concrete pipe and build catch basins along the road.

The work also has included repairing or replacing “disturbed pavement, sidewalk and curb and gutter,” Aiken has said.

That section of Bradford serves as a main artery connecting a mostly residential area to downtown Gainesville.

Development highway project set to start this summer in Stephens

The Georgia Department of Transportation has announced a $66 million Northeast Georgia project that is part of a 24-year-old roads program aimed at improving “connectivity” in rural areas.

The project calls for widening 10-plus miles of Ga. 17 to four lanes divided in Stephens County.

Seven of the miles will run from the Franklin County line to Scott Road at a cost of $46.3 million, and 3.2 miles will run from Scott Road to Memorial Drive near Toccoa at a cost of $20 million.

The projects were awarded to C.W. Matthews Contracting Inc. of Marietta.

The Franklin-Scott Road phase is slated for a May 2016 completion and the Scott-Memorial Drive phase is set for an April 2016 completion.

Work is expected to begin early this summer.

Construction details and lane closure schedules on all projects will be announced later, before work begins, officials have said.

“These projects are great news for our community,” said state Sen. John Wilkinson, R-Toccoa.

“The economic impact of the work and the improvement in our roads system will benefit us all.”

The project is part of the Governor’s Road Improvement Program, commonly referred to as GRIP, a system of proposed economic developmental highways in Georgia.

U.S. 1/Ga. 17 is a GRIP corridor, running 331 miles from U.S. 441 in Habersham County to Folkston at the Florida line.

Nearly half of the corridor has been widened to four lanes or is under construction now.

The current cost to complete the entire corridor is $1 billion, according to the DOT.

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


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