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Eyes on the Road: Work ahead for damaged Talmo Road
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The Hall County government is working to get needed property to repair a section of Talmo Road that was damaged after heavy rain on Aug. 8.

Once easements are in hand, the county can determine a completion date for repairs, said Jimmy Hightower, road maintenance supervisor.

The work will involve replacing pipe under the roadway, he said.

Rain washed out Talmo Road between where both ends of Ed Cobb Road intersect with it.

Talmo Road is south of U.S. 129/Athens Highway in East Hall.

Road work still ongoing at 518-acre industrial site

Work is progressing on roads in Gateway Industrial Centre off Ga. 365 in northeast Hall County.

A section of roadway from Whitehall Road to the first stream crossing headed north “is very close to grade and the storm drain is installed in this section,” said Jody Woodall, civil engineer with Hall County.

Crews have started to grade in the center section, and the contractor has brought to grade the section from the second stream crossing to Abit Massey Way, he said.

A permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers “allows us to work in the stream areas to install the culverts and bring the road to grade in these areas,” Woodall said.

Crews also are working on the White Sulphur Road end of the project.

Utilities are being moved in preparation of lowering White Sulphur Road about 4 feet at the centerline where the new Gateway road will tie in. This project will improve sight distance, Woodall said.

Overall, “the contractor is making very good progress ... since we have had a couple of weeks of good weather,” he added.

Gateway is a 518-acre industrial site. Its first occupant is the Georgia Poultry Laboratory Network headquarters, which is under construction on 10 acres off Abit Massey Way.

State DOT receives 139 comments on rail study

The Georgia Department of Transportation received a total of 139 comments on possible passenger rail service between Atlanta and Charlotte, N.C.

The bulk of the comments, 102, were provided online. The breakdown on the others: 18, public information meetings; four, given to a court reporter at one of the meetings; 11, email; and four, mail-in comments.

In early July, the DOT ended what is known as “public scoping” for the project, which has as one of its potential routes a Norfolk Southern railroad corridor that cuts through Hall County.

The next steps are acknowledging all those who provided comments and revising the scoping report document to include all comments and responses as a part of the official administrative record with the Federal Railroad Administration, DOT spokeswoman Natalie Dale said.

The DOT is leading the Atlanta to Charlotte Passenger Rail Corridor Investment Plan project on behalf of the FRA.

Efforts to collect public opinion included public information meetings in Suwanee in North Gwinnett County; Greer, S.C.; and Charlotte in early June. According to the DOT, the Suwanee meeting drew 70 people; Greer, 72; and Charlotte, 40.

The public process “will address connectivity to proposed and existing passenger rail stations, airports and other regional transportation services along the corridor,” DOT officials have said.

Officials have said they also may decide not to pursue any alternatives, allowing Amtrak to maintain current and future plans for its Crescent rail service between New York and New Orleans and running through Atlanta, according to a DOT document on the project.

Widening to begin soon on Ga. 17 near Toccoa

A groundbreaking ceremony on the widening of Ga. 17 from Franklin County to Memorial Drive in Toccoa is set for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The event will take place behind North Georgia Technical College, Currahee Campus, at 8989 Ga. 17 in Toccoa.

The program will include Gov. Nathan Deal; Gail Thaxton, president of North Georgia Tech; Dean Scarborough, Stephens County commissioner; Sen. John Wilkinson, R-Toccoa; and Don Grantham, DOT board vice chairman and 12th District representative.

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


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