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Eyes on the Road: City to move water lines as part of project
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Gainesville has begun the process to move water lines on U.S. 129/Athens Highway, which the Georgia Department of Transportation has targeted for widening.

The city is looking to prequalify bidders for the project, with the deadline for applications set for Dec. 17.

The $38 million project involves widening the busy East Hall road to four lanes from two between Ga. 323/Gillsville Highway and Ga. 332 in Jackson County.

“We’re basically in the DOT right of way as a guest,” said the city’s project manager Jason Perry. “So, when they move their road, all the utilities have to move their lines at their expense.”

The city’s work involves some 53,000 feet, or about 10 miles, of water mains.

“That (work) is going to be extremely expensive,” Perry said.

Gwinnett County bridge reopens after settling repair

The DOT had to close part of a Gwinnett County bridge Tuesday for repairs on a section of roadway that had settled.

The settling at the southern end of the bridge from Ga. 316 west to Interstate 85 south was reported early in the day.

It had “created a rut between the asphalt roadway and the concrete bridge structure,” according to a DOT news release.

A wedge of asphalt was used to fill in the opening. In the meantime, traffic used the Express Lane from Ga. 316 west to Interstate 85 south as a detour and the toll normally levied on that stretch was suspended.

As of about 3 p.m., DOT officials reported repairs were made and the bridge was reopened.

Gillsville downtown project needs ‘some adjustments’

Gillsville is getting closer to a downtown transportation improvements plan, even though bids came in “a bit over budget,” Mayor Larry Poole said this week.

“I think we’re closer than we have been,” he said, adding “it looks like we will be making some adjustments to allow things to work out.”

The work calls for putting in sidewalks and pedestrian lighting on a Ga. 52 stretch extending about 318 feet west of Wilson Drive and 410 feet east of Bryant Quarter Road.

Poole said in September he had hoped the project might start in late October or early November.

The project is being funded as part of Georgia’s old Transportation Enhancement Activities program, which has received money from the federal government.

The program had been in place “to enrich the traveling experience of motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians through enhancements to our transportation system,” states the Georgia Department of Transportation website.

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