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Eyes on the Road: North Hall passing lane to become left-turn lane
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The Georgia Department of Transportation plans to convert a northbound passing lane on U.S. 129/Cleveland Highway at Jess Helton Road in North Hall County into a northbound left turn lane.

Striping work is set to take place 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, weather permitting.

“The change will allow for through traffic to flow more efficiently along the corridor because it isn’t stopped waiting on left turners,” District Engineer Brent Cook said.

Signs are up now, alerting drivers to the change.

No changes will be made to U.S. 129 southbound at Jess Helton.

Railroad project to force lane closure in Commerce

A Norfolk Southern project will closure part of Ga. 98/North Broad Street in Commerce beginning Saturday.

The street’s inside westbound lane from Line Street to Ga. 15/Jefferson Street/Homer Road will be closed as crews remove the existing cross-tie support wall and install a new cross-tie wall, according to the DOT.

The work is set to finish by April 24, weather permitting.

Traffic delays are expected.

DOT board mulling resolution dealing with new revenues

The State Transportation Board plans to take up a resolution saying it will not discriminate in projects using revenue from Georgia’s newly passed transportation law.

The resolution is set to be presented before the board at its meeting Thursday in Atlanta. A presentation also is planned before the board’s Equal Access Committee today.

The board “wishes to address and make any policies which may be needed in order to ensure consistency and inclusion in the delivery and management of the projects that will ultimately be funded by the additional revenue,” states the proposed resolution.

In the General Assembly, lawmakers approved a transportation funding plan they said will raise $900 million through changes to the state’s gas tax and new fees on electric cars and hotel visits.

The compromise between House and Senate versions of the plan hinged on the amount of excise taxes people would pay per gallon on gasoline, with proceeds dedicated to transportation.

Lawmakers set that at 26 cents per gallon, with diesel fuel at 29 cents per gallon, and expect it to raise $700 million. The excise tax would replace sales taxes now in place.

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

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