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Eyes on the Road: Public hearing set for project in White County
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A public information meeting on phase one of the Cleveland Bypass is set for 5-7 p.m. Tuesday in the cafeteria of White County High School on U.S. 129/Ga. 11 in Cleveland.

The Georgia Department of Transportation plans “to share information and update the community on the status” of the project, according to a press release last week from Teri Pope, spokeswoman at the DOT’s Gainesville office.

DOT engineers and consultants will be available to discuss the project. No formal presentation is planned.

The project has been in the works for years, as U.S. 129 through downtown Cleveland can be a serious bottleneck, particularly during leaf-watching season in the fall.

Phase one would run from U.S. 129 at Hope Drive around the west side of Cleveland to Ga. 115.

Anyone unable to attend can send comments to Glenn Bowman, State Environmental Administrator-Georgia DOT, 600 W. Peachtree St., 16th Floor, Atlanta, GA 30308.

All comments will be considered in the development of the final project design and must be received by May 8.

After the open house, plans and handouts can be viewed at the Georgia DOT Area Office at 942 Albert Reid Road in Cleveland or at the Georgia DOT District Office at 2505 Athens Highway in Hall County.

The plans also will be available on the DOT website after the open-house meetings.

On the home page, click on “Information Center,” then Public Outreach” and select the project’s county and click “Go.” A list of active DOT projects in that county will appear.

Phase two of the project, completing the arc back to U.S. 129, is among the proposed regional projects making up the transportation sales tax referendum going to voters on July 31.


Road reclamation work finished in Oakwood

Oakwood has completed “full-depth reclamation” of a 1.2-mile stretch of Old Oakwood Road between Mundy Mill and Mountain View roads.

The project cost about $200,000, with the city using $45,000 in two years’ worth of local maintenance grants from the DOT.

The project, which had an April 30 deadline, involved a process that involved “putting material (already in the road) back in place,” City Manager Stan Brown has said.

“It’s a lot more environmentally sensitive in that you’re not disposing raw material,” he said.


Hall County finishing up work on Calvary Church

Improvements to Calvary Church Road are basically finished, said Jody Woodall, a Hall County civil engineer involved with the project.

“We’ve got some final striping and cleanup that we’re doing right now,” he said.

The $3.5 million project, which started about a year ago, involved fixing up one of Hall County’s busiest industrial and government arteries.

The long-anticipated work — financed by the county’s 1-percent special purpose local option sales tax program — has involved widening lanes to 12 feet from 10 or 11 feet, adding turn lanes at major intersections and flattening out curves to make them less sharp for motorists to navigate.

The two-lane road is home to numerous government-run operations, such as the Hall County Jail and Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center, as well as the Gainesville Business Park at New Harvest Road.

“Part of the agreement early on with the development of the business park is Calvary Church would receive some upgrades, and this is the county’s end of what needed to be done,” Woodall said in an earlier interview.


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