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Key crossing has reopened on new White County parkway
Portion of work finished 6 days early
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Road construction on the Appalachian Parkway near Ga. 115 at Tesnatee Gap Valley Road reopened Wednesday, six days ahead of schedule. - photo by Erin O. Smith

Tesnatee Gap Valley Road reopened at Ga. 115 in Cleveland on Wednesday, six days ahead of schedule, as part of work on the Appalachian Parkway.

Workers had spent the past week rebuilding the intersection on the new road, formerly known as the Cleveland Bypass.

“Leveling out the intersection will improve safety as it allows motorists to see oncoming traffic and make wiser decisions,” said Harold Mull, Georgia Department of Transportation district construction engineer.

Work began on the $15.1 million first phase in August 2012, with a completion date of July 31, 2014. The date was extended to Oct. 13 because of bad weather.

The contractor, Tucker-based Sunbelt Structures, later set a target completion date of April 30 to open the road.

A new completion date hasn’t been formally set, but state Sen. Steve Gooch, R-Dahlonega, has said he hopes to see the parkway open this fall.

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