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Eyes on the Road: Oakwood seeking to widen road
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Oakwood is seeking money to improve Old Oakwood Road in step with nearby Performance Foodservice Milton’s plans to build a 521,135-square-foot warehouse.

The City Council voted Monday night to try to get funding from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and the Appalachian Regional Commission for the construction.

The project calls for adding a center turn lane to two-lane Old Oakwood, City Manager Stan Brown said.

While the first phase involves a stretch in front of the planned warehouse and distribution center, “we are looking at similar improvements farther up Old Oakwood,” Brown said.

The council voted in June to OK a setback change that paves the way for Performance Foodservice to build the plant, also off Mundy Mill Road. The company already has a 230,000-square-foot building across the road from the planned site.

Bill Watson, the company’s vice president of operations, said the building is needed for future growth. “We have exhausted our current footprint,” he said.

The Oakwood site is one of many locations nationwide operated by Richmond, Va.-based Performance Foodservice.

Oakwood went through a similar process in improving M. Stringer Road at the King’s Hawaiian plant off H.F. Reed Industrial Parkway. M. Stringer, as it travels in front of King’s Hawaiian, is now known as Aloha Way.

Road group to discuss project’s higher costs

A group of road planners will hear today about costs that have more than doubled for right-of-way acquisition in the planned widening of Ga. 347/Lanier Islands Parkway in South Hall County.

Originally estimated to be $5 million, right-of-way acquisition for the project, which runs between McEver Road and Lake Lanier Islands resort, is now at $10.25 million.

Teri Pope, district spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Transportation, has said, “About every way possible, the right-of-way prices went up.”

“We added parcels to the project. Some (parcels) that were residential turned

easement and we ended up having to buy land instead of just using an easement.”

Also, Pope said, “property is certainly not going to be cheap” in the Lake Lanier area.

The higher costs will be reflected in the Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Transportation Improvement Plan, as required by federal law.

The MPO’s Technical Coordinating Committee, a group comprising area government engineers, planners and other officials, is set to consider the change at its meeting set for 10:30 a.m. at the Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville.

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

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