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Gainesville council OKs traffic project near Lakeview
Improvements could bring signs, striping and speed tables
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Gainesville will move forward on a project to slow traffic on two streets near Lakeview Academy.

The City Council voted Tuesday night to spend $42,046 on the effort, which could include signs, road striping and speed tables, or long humps designed to slow, not necessarily stop, oncoming traffic.

"It is certainly a great thing that we can address some of the traffic problems and needs in that neighborhood," Mayor Ruth Bruner said.

The project will focus on Nottingham and Fairview drives, which are popular streets for cut-through traffic near Lakeview. Residents on each street have circulated a petition advocating speed tables in the area.

Funding comes from a "remaining capital project from a prior year," City Manager Kip Padgett said.
The city's public works director, David Dockery, has said that getting the speed tables installed may take several months.

Currently, the department is busy with leaf pick-up in the city as well as a few sidewalk and repaving projects, he said.

In other business, the council passed a resolution agreeing to the Gainesville City Board of Education using more than $14 million in general obligation bonds to help pay for a new Fair Street International Baccalaureate World School.

Special purpose local option sales taxes will repay the bonds.

Assistant Superintendent David Shumake has said officials are hoping the school will be finished by August 2013, but that it will more likely be finished in December of that year.


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