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Eyes on the Road: Improvements to start at Ramsey Road, Ga. 365
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Some work is starting on improvements, including a traffic light, at Ramsey Road and Ga. 365 in northeast Hall County.

The contractor, E.R. Snell Contractor of Snellville, “has done a little bit of the storm drainage work,” said Jody Woodall, Hall County road project manager. “They haven’t started cutting out the lanes or any of the heavy road construction.”

Work could step up late this week or early next week, he said.

The $703,619 project calls for a new traffic light and a new acceleration lane from Ramsey going south on Ga. 365.

The new signal would be the second in a 1-mile stretch along a busy section of Ga. 365, just north of where Interstate 985 ends.

The other is at Howard Road, where wrecks have been a longtime concern, including one in July 2013 that killed three people and injured six.

The project has a “substantial” completion date of Dec. 31, meaning the roadwork should be finished and the signal operational by then, Woodall has said.

Final completion is Jan. 31.

Trails plan to be presented at planning group meeting

A presentation on the “Hall County Trails Initiative” is set for 11 a.m. Oct. 15 as part of a road planning group’s quarterly meeting.

Plans call for an organized effort with several goals, including “promoting active lifestyles” by providing access to recreational trails, providing connections to high-demand areas and improving long-distance cycling through the county and region.

Bicycle and pedestrian paths are a major part of Hall’s transportation plans.

A decision-making policy committee for the Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning Organization, Hall’s road planning agency, voted in March to approve a $146 million bicycle-pedestrian plan that features 39 recommended projects, including 10 “high-priority” ones estimated to cost $39 million.

The plan doesn’t have designated funding. Instead, it will be considered as part of the MPO’s long-range transportation plan update, a process underway with completion to come by next August.

The Oct. 15 meeting of the MPO’s Technical Coordinating Committee will take place at the Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville.

The committee also is set to hear the status of the long-range update at 10 a.m.


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