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Eyes on the Road: New traffic lanes help DOT construct median
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Construction is still underway on Friendship Road near Friendship Farm Drive on Tuesday, August 18, 2015. The $38.4 million project is set for completion January 12. - photo by Erin O. Smith

Traffic is split on Ga. 347/Friendship Road as part of a Georgia Department of Transportation widening project.
Motorists now can travel in one lane on each side of the median between Spout Springs Road and Williams Road.

The new travel arrangement “gives the contractor room to finish building the new concrete median,” District Engineer Brent Cook said. “After median work is finished, crews will start laying the top layer of asphalt.”

Work otherwise is on schedule for the 8-mile, $38.4 million project, which is set for completion Jan. 12. The road is being widened between Interstate 985 and Ga. 211/Old Winder Highway, with work completed between Spout Springs and Ga. 211.

The road builder is E.R. Snell Contracting Inc. of Snellville.

New bridge set to open for traffic today in Jefferson

Weather permitting, traffic is scheduled to move today to the new Ga. 82/Ga. 15 Alternate Bridge over Big Curry Creek in Jefferson.

The move will “give us room to relocate utilities and build retaining walls adjacent to the original bridge,” said Harold Mull, DOT district construction engineer.

The work is part of a $6.9 million project in Jefferson to rebuild the intersection of Ga. 82 and Ga. 15 Alternate, create a one-way pair of parallel streets along Kissam and Storey streets, and build a new bridge over Big Curry Creek and a new multi-use trail in Big Curry Creek Park.

The project is set for completion Aug. 31.

State DOT board to honor former District 1 engineer

A former top engineer for the DOT’s Gainesville-based District 1 is being honored by the State Transportation Board of Georgia.

The board is set to consider a resolution honoring Deputy Commissioner Todd Long, who is retiring from the agency.

At one stretch in his career, Long worked at the Gainesville office for nine years, two as district engineer.

He also has worked as the DOT’S planning director and was in charge of shepherding the Transportation Investment Act of 2010.

That law, allowing voters within established regions throughout Georgia to decide whether to add a 1-cent sales tax to pay for road improvements, failed in nine of 12 regions, including the Georgia Mountains region that Hall County was in.

Long, a Hinesville native, became deputy commissioner in 2012.

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

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