Hall County has finished buying right of way for the Spout Springs Road widening project in South Hall.
“We turned in the certification last week” to the Georgia Department of Transportation, County Engineer Kevin McInturff said Tuesday, May 14, to the Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning Organization’s decision-making Policy Committee, which comprises top area elected officials.
“That is a big thing off our back,” he said.
Hall County civil engineer Denise Farr said in an email the county has two remaining structures to tear down.
“We hope to have them both down by the end of the week,” Farr said.
But otherwise, DOT can now take the steps to hire a contractor for the project, McInturff said.
The Georgia Department of Transportation “is prepared to advertise and award the project this summer, so we have funding awaiting in fiscal year 2020,” said Katie Strickland, DOT district spokeswoman, earlier this year.
The 2020 fiscal year starts July 1.
The project calls for widening Spout Springs Road between Hog Mountain Road and Union Circle.
The project has been and will be an expensive endeavor. Construction costs are estimated at $36 million. Right of way acquisition cost $22.6 million and moving utilities, $12 million.
Hall County is planning a second phase, which would extend the four-lane road from Union Circle to Thompson Mill Road in Braselton.
The second phase is a proposed project in the next special purpose local option sales tax program, or SPLOST VIII.
Officials are looking to put the sales tax — 1 additional cent per dollar — before voters Nov. 5, 2019. If approved, it would be in effect July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2026.