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Eyes on the Road: Buford must wait for new Ga. 324 lanes
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The Georgia Department of Transportation has delayed opening new lanes on Ga. 324/Gravel Springs Road in Buford, a key artery for Mall of Georgia traffic.

Earthwork in the median and along the shoulder of the roadway must be completed before all lanes can be opened for use.

A new opening date will be scheduled as the necessary work is completed.

A 1-mile section of Ga. 324 from Ivy Creek Road to Kirkstone Drive was widened to a four-lane divided highway, including a wider bridge over Interstate 85 that was funded through federal stimulus money.

The estimated construction cost is $11.2 million.

The project is 93 percent complete and is set for completion on May 31.

Strickland and Sons Pipeline Inc. of Gainesville is the project’s contractor.

Work is continuing on I-85 South in Banks County as the DOT removes damaged concrete slabs and pours new ones on the outside lanes of the roadway.

Crews will be working 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays through the month of May.

They’ll be at milepost 155, just north of Ga. 63/Martin Bridge Road.

The outside lane will be closed as about 30 slabs are replaced.

Workers will continue south.

Get informed about T-SPLOST

The Atlanta Regional Commission is making efforts to inform the public about the proposed transportation sales tax through a series of “wireside chats.”


Modeled after President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “Fireside Chats” during World War II, elected officials in each of the 10 metro Atlanta counties will be answering questions from residents about the T-SPLOST.

Residents can call 404-463-3227 or log on to www.wiresidechats.com.

Such an effort has not been announced for the Georgia Mountains region that includes Hall County.

However, as part of The Times’ ongoing coverage of the sales tax vote, which is set for July 31, a photographer and I will travel May 21-25 to the 13 counties that make up the Georgia Mountains region.

Our plan is to visit the sites where regional projects are planned and talk with affected residents, government officials and people who are backing or opposing the tax.

The issue has attracted a fair amount of support and opposition in the area, but not much has been heard from people who could see new roads or intersections where they live or who drive through a congested spot
every day.

We’d especially like to hear from those folks.

I welcome your input now or during that journey — my contact information is at the bottom of this column.

I will be using Twitter to chronicle the journey, so you can keep up or tweet along with me.

The results of our trip will be captured as part of a series of articles in late June.

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

 

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