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Eyes on the Road: Citizens roads group set to meet Thursday
Cost rising for right-of-way acquisition in Ga. 347 widening
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A citizens group that monitors area road projects is set to hear about the soaring costs for right-of-way acquisition on a planned widening of Ga. 347/Lanier Islands Parkway in South Hall County.

The Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Citizens Advisory Committee will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville.

Originally estimated to be $5 million, property costs for the project, which runs between McEver Road and Lanier Islands resort, is now at $10.25 million.

The higher costs will be reflected in the MPO’s Transportation Improvement Plan, as required by federal law.

The MPO’s decision-making planning committee, comprising top elected officials in the area, is set to meet at 10 a.m. Aug. 11 at the government center.

I-85 asphalt repairs expected to cause delays

Traffic delays are expected over the next couple of weeks on a stretch of Interstate 85 in Gwinnett County as workers repair asphalt.

The work is taking place in northbound lanes between Exit 99 at Ga. 140/Jimmy Carter Boulevard and Exit 115 at Ga. 20/Buford Drive.

“There is no good time to work on the interstate in Gwinnett County, but the best of the worst times is overnight weekdays, so that is our plan,” said Brent Cook, Georgia Department of Transportation district engineer.

Work is set for 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., weather permitting.

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