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Freight study calling for $1 billion in road improvements gets initial OK from committee
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A regional freight study calling for more than $1 billion in road improvements over 25 years got its first government OK Tuesday morning.

The Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Technical Advisory Committee — a group of city and county engineers, planners and other key officials — approved a resolution adopting the study.

The MPO is the Hall area’s lead transportation planning agency.

Many projects mentioned in the study are in progress, such as Lake Lanier bridge replacements and the new Martin Road interchange off Interstate 985, or have been long-embedded in already existing traffic plans.

Others are more ambitious.

For example, the freight report suggests widening Interstate 985 from four lanes to six from Interstate 85 to its end in Gainesville and even beyond, as Ga. 365, to Howard Road, where the new Lanier Technical College campus is being built.

The study eventually will reach the MPO’s policy committee, which has final say on road matters. That committee is made up of top elected area officials.

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