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Eyes on the Road: Gainesville to get traffic signal help from DOT
Work to take place on Ga. 60 and Ga. 369
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Gainesville will get some traffic signal timing help from the Georgia Department of Transportation, Public Works Director David Dockery said Tuesday.

The work will take place on Ga. 60 and Ga. 369, two key roads running through the city.

The efforts “hopefully help mitigate some congestion,” Dockery said at an area roads planning meeting Tuesday in Oakwood.

Gainesville has other projects in the works that could help alleviate traffic.

Particularly, engineering has started on a project on Ga. 369/Jesse Jewell Parkway/Browns Bridge Road that involves extending the northbound right-turn lane at E.E. Butler Parkway, building a southbound right-turn lane at West End Avenue and building a northbound right-turn lane at Auburn Avenue.

The earliest the Ga. 369 project could start, Dockery has said, is next summer.

That work is being partly funded by a grant from the Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank, which is administered by the State Road and Tollway Authority.

Highway safety project set for Northeast Georgia counties

The DOT announced a highway safety project last week that will benefit Northeast Georgia roadways, according to the Associated Press.

Plans call for improving visibility of curves by adding reflective raised pavement markers, reflective striping and additional signs, District Engineer Brent Cook said.

“New signs will advise lower speeds, while chevron signs follow along the edge of the curving road easily showing the bends of the road,” Cook said.

The DOT also plans to improve traction by removing the top layer of asphalt and installing a new style of pavement that provides a better grip, he said.

Work will take place in Banks, Franklin, Hart, Madison, Towns and Rabun counties.

As part of the effort, the DOT compiled a list of highways with frequent wet-weather crashes.

Engineers rode the highways to determine the severity of each curve. Curve data and the posted speed limits were compared to national standards, according to DOT.

The total length of stretches being improved is 10.75 miles.

The $3.2 million project is being awarded to Triangle Grading and Paving Inc. of Burlington, N.C. The overall completion is set for June 30.

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

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