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Eyes on the Road: DOT meetings to focus on Lumpkin County projects
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The Georgia Department of Transportation has set public meetings on planned roundabouts at two intersections in Lumpkin County.

A meeting concerning Ga. 52 at Ga. 115/Copper Mines Road east of Dahlonega is scheduled for 5-7 p.m. Dec. 2 and a meeting concerning Ga. 9 at Ga. 52 west of Dahlonega is scheduled for 5-7 p.m. Dec. 4.

Both meetings will take place at the Lumpkin County Community Center at 365 Riley Road, Dahlonega.

DOT engineers and consultants will be available to discuss the options to improve safety at this intersection. No formal presentation is planned.

Anyone unable to attend the meetings may send comments on the project to Hiral Patel, State Environmental Administrator — Georgia DOT, 600 W. Peachtree St., 16th Floor, Atlanta, GA 30308.

All comments will be considered in the development of the final project designs and must be received by Dec. 12 for the Ga. 52 at Ga. 115 project and Dec. 15 for the Ga. 9 at Ga. 52 project.

After the meetings, plans and handouts can be viewed at the DOT District Office at 2505 Athens Highway in Gainesville.

Also, project information will be available at On the home page, click on “public outreach” and follow prompts from there.

Roads group to discuss new projects, priorities in 2040 plan

A group of top elected leaders is set to meet at 2 p.m. Thursday to sift through road projects and discuss road priorities as part of an effort to stitch together a long-term transportation plan for the Hall County area.

The meeting will take place at the Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville.

The project list, as well as a “tiered” list showing projects divided into time frames between 2015 and 2040, must be included as part of the Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning Organization’s federally required long-range transportation plan.

The MPO, which serves as the Hall area’s lead transportation planning agency, must complete the plan by August.

Officials have time constraints with the long-range plan.

The project lists “cannot be changed pretty much after February,” MPO Director Srikanth Yamala has said.

After getting local approval, the documents would go to the DOT for its consideration.

The Hall County area is expected to receive about $1.4 billion for road projects through 2040 from local, state and federal sources. There are some $2.42 billion in projects that have been left off the “financially constrained” plan and otherwise dubbed as “aspirations.”


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