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Eyes on the Road: S. Hall roads will connect key arteries

Some questions were raised recently by a reader about connectivity between the new Ga. 347 and Thompson Mill Road in South Hall County.

Thompson Mill serves as Ga. 347 between Spout Springs Road and Ga. 211/Old Winder Highway while a new Ga. 347 is being built between Spout Springs and Ga. 211.

Grand Reunion Drive, which leads into Reunion subdivision, and Deaton Creek Parkway, which leads into Village at Deaton Creek, will connect both roadways, said Teri Pope, spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Transportation’s District 1, which includes Hall County.

Traffic signals will be added at Ga. 211, Deaton Creek Parkway and the entrance to the planned 100-bed Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton, which is set for an April 2015 opening.

“The signal at Spout Springs will stay in place with modifications to handle the additional lanes,” Pope said.

Also, as has been reported, the new Ga. 347 will travel along what is now a small stretch of Thompson Mill.

In that area, which is near Corners Drive, Thompson Mill will end in a cul-de-sac in both directions, or 1,000 feet west of Chateau Corners Drive and just west of Chateau Glen Drive.

Overall, Ga. 347/Friendship Road is being widened from two lanes to four and six lanes between Interstate 985 and Ga. 211.

In another development, the Hall County Planning Commission has set a Jan. 22 public hearing on the county’s proposal to change the name of the road to Lanier Islands Parkway. The rest of Ga. 347, running between I-985 and Lake Lanier Islands resort, is already called Lanier Islands Parkway.

Dawson County, Dawsonville receive improvement money

Dawson County has received a $266,654 Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant from the state DOT.
In accepting the check, commissioners’ Chairman Mike Berg said the board of commissioners has approved a project list.

“This money will be put to good use,” he said.

The city of Dawsonville plans to use its $16,523 grant to expand downtown sidewalks.

“Sidewalk connectivity is a priority for us,” Mayor James Grogan said.

“This money will allow us to connect the county courthouse to downtown Dawsonville with sidewalks and also provide some additional parking,” he added.

The state takes a portion of gas tax receipts and sets them aside for the LMIG program. Governments then apply for allocations, expecting to pay a 30 percent match — or 10 percent in regions that approved the 1 percent transportation sales tax in last summer’s referendum.

The state has $110 million set aside for LMIG. As of last week, the DOT had approved $84 million in allocations, with about $26 million remaining, said David Spear, DOT spokesman.

Auburn graduate to serve as Hall roads planner

The Gainesville-Hall County Metropolitan Planning Organization, which guides road planning and decisions for Hall County, has hired Nicole Spivey as its senior transportation planner.

“In this capacity, Nicole will be managing day-to-day MPO activities and will be working closely with the local, regional, state and federal planning partners,” said Srikanth Yamala, Hall County’s planning director.

Spivey previously worked as the administrator for the Southeast Wiregrass MPO in Dothan, Ala.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in health services administration and a master’s degree in community planning from Auburn University in Alabama. She also is a member of the American Planning Association and Alabama Transportation Planners Association.

“Given her educational and professional background, I am certain that Nicole will be a great asset to our organization and will help guide the Gainesville-Hall area in the right direction,” Yamala said.

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