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Eyes on the Road: DOT moving state route in Blairsville
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The Georgia Department of Transportation is planning changes next week to Ga. 11/U.S. 19/U.S. 129 in downtown Blairsville.

Plans call for moving the road designations out of downtown and onto Shoe Factory Road, Industrial Road and Glenn Gooch Bypass to intersect with Young Harris Highway north of town.

Cleveland Street starting at Shoe Factory Road will become a local road to the downtown square. Pat Haralson Memorial Drive from the square to Young Harris Highway also will be a local roadway.

“This will route through-traffic out of downtown,” District Engineer Brent Cook said. “It will be a vast improvement for the people of Blairsville and Union County, allowing (residents) to get to (their) destination downtown much quicker.”

The work is expected to start Tuesday and end Friday, weather permitting.

Georgia Chamber of Commerce pushes for gas tax hike for transportation

The Georgia Chamber of Commerce says increasing the gas tax on the federal level “is necessary to keep our highways and transit systems efficient for transportation and commerce.”

The group lists preserving the Federal Highway Trust Fund’s solvency as one of its 2015 federal priorities.

“Should Congress not successfully address this critical transportation funding measure, Georgia will see reduced and delayed reimbursements for needed transportation projects, putting some at risk for completion,” the chamber says.

The traditional source of revenue — the federal gas tax of 18.4 cents per gallon — “has struggled to keep pace with expenses as vehicles have become more fuel-efficient.”

Road meetings set for January

A couple of transportation meetings are set for later this month at the Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville.

The Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Technical Coordinating Committee, a group of engineers, planners and other area government officials, is scheduled to meet at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 21.

And the group’s Citizens Advisory Committee will meet at 4 p.m. Jan. 29.

Agendas haven’t been released for either group.

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

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