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Eyes on the Road: MPO seeks public input on new plan
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Hall County’s lead transportation planning agency wants public input on how the organization seeks public input.

The Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning Organization started a public comment period for its proposed Public Participation Plan on Sunday and will keep it open until Aug. 13.

The plan requires the 45-day period before official adoption.

It will be available on the agency’s website,, for review and comment, according to a legal advertisement posted Sunday. A hard copy of the document will be available at the Hall County Planning Department in the Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville.

The MPO’s decision-making Policy Committee is set to adopt the plan at its regular meeting on Aug. 13.

According to the MPO website, a public participation plan was adopted in May 2007 as required by the federal transportation funding law in effect at the time.

Congress later approved a new transportation funding law, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, which was signed into law by President Barack Obama on July 6, 2012.

Resurfacing work to start on Ga. 98 in Commerce

Overnight resurfacing work was slated to begin Sunday in Commerce.

The Georgia Department of Transportation plans to resurface Ga. 98 from Ga. 334 to Washington Street through Tuesday night, weather permitting.

No work will be done the rest of the week, as the DOT is restricting construction-related lane closures statewide beginning at noon Wednesday and continuing through 5 a.m. July 8, as part of the July Fourth holiday.

Work is set to resume in Commerce on July 8. Overnight lane closures will run from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

The 1.6-mile section was last resurfaced in 2004. The pavement surface is damaged and needs replacing, DOT officials said.

The nearly $600,000 project is set for a Jan. 31 completion.

Event winners set to go to nationals

Two employees at the DOT’S District 1, which includes Hall County, are headed toa national competition in September in Kentucky.

At the state equipment driving skills competition, James Newberry, a member of the guardrail crew, finished second in the Tandem Dump Truck event; and Gregg Free, an equipment operator on the North Hall crew and a Habersham County resident, placed second in the motor grader event.

First- and second-place finishers go to nationals.

Other District 1 employees who placed at state were Jesse Thurmond, Michael Morris and Slade Gabriel.

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