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July 14 public hearing set on transportation plan
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Transportation public hearing

When: 5:30 p.m. July 14

Where: Georgia Mountains Center, 301 Main St., Gainesville

Contact: 770-531-6809, ghmpo.org

The Gainesville-Hall County Metropolitan Planning Organization has scheduled its first public hearing as it moves toward completing its 2040 transportation plan by August 2011.

The hearing is set for 5:30 p.m. July 14 at the Georgia Mountains Center in downtown Gainesville.

Area residents can share thoughts and opinions on various road projects, planned or otherwise. They will be able to view maps and other graphics.

The planning group expects to have a short presentation beginning at 6 p.m., transportation planning manager Srikanth Yamala said.

“This is a fresh start looking at new priorities,” he said. “We will share any numbers we are looking at in 2040, (such as with) population.”

The group expects to hold one other public hearing later this year and two next year. No dates have been scheduled.

“We might have a project list (for the 2040 plan) by late fall of this year,” Yamala said.

The planning organization operates now with the 2030 Long-Range Transportation Plan, which was adopted in August 2007.

Federal requirements state that all metropolitan areas with more than 50,000 residents, such as Gainesville-Hall, develop and maintain such a plan.

The plan “addresses the challenges brought on by substantial population, employment and travel growth, as well as air quality concerns,” according to the 2030 document.

“The purpose of the plan is to propose a program of projects and strategies that meet the county’s transportation needs and provides guidance in making decisions regarding future infrastructure needs and investments.”

The document features maps, traffic data and an array of projects and the possible time frames in which they can be completed, along with cost estimates.

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