Clearing has started on a new access road to the Hall County Government Center at 2875 Browns Bridge Road.
Trees and brush are being stripped away and silt fences put in place on property separating the center and neighboring Free Chapel at 3001 McEver Road.
The project is designed improve access to the government offices and provide overflow parking for the church.
A&T Enterprises of Lula is the contractor on the $132,436 project.
Officials have said the project could take two to three months to complete.
Plans call for the new road to stretch from the Government Center’s western parking lot — or the one closer to McEver Road — to Free Chapel’s parking lot.
The 925-foot road would run parallel to McEver and end just north of the church’s retention pond.
The road project has been in the works since the county opened the government center in October, a move that resulted in most of the county’s operations consolidating under one roof.
The center, which sits on 33 acres, contains all of the county’s key operations and departments, such as the tax assessor’s and tax commissioner’s offices, as well as public works and development services.
It has 525 parking spaces, and those can fill up fast, especially during Hall County Board of Commissioners and other government meetings.
The nagging problem for visitors and employees has been access, with the center featuring only one way in and out, and that entrance/exit is on the busy four-lane Browns Bridge Road.
Hearing scheduled for Thursday on Tumbling Circle abandonment
Public hearings are set for Thursday and June 27 on the abandonment of Tumbling Circle, which crosses Norfolk Southern Railway tracks between Gainesville and Oakwood.
The 1,786-foot road connects Tumbling Creek Drive to Old Oakwood Road, running parallel to the railroad tracks for most of that distance.
The public hearings will take place before the Hall County Board of Commissioners.
Tumbling Creek Road juts off Ga. 13/Atlanta Highway, leading to Lanier Charter Career Academy and Lanier Career Center.
Old Oakwood Road is a key artery that connects Mountain View Road near Gainesville to Mundy Mill Road in Oakwood.
Forsyth County man tapped as assistant district engineer
The Georgia Department of Transportation’s District 1 office, which makes up 21 Northeast Georgia counties, has a new assistant district engineer.
Brent Cook began the new duties June 1, while retaining his role as district preconstruction engineer.
Cook began his career with the DOT in the training program in 1992. He moved to the Gainesville-based District 1 office in 1998. He became district traffic engineer in 2004 and was responsible for the placement, installation and maintenance on all traffic signals and other traffic control devices.
Cook, a Forsyth County resident, earned a civil engineering degree in 1991 from Georgia Tech.
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