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Key vote may come Nov. 14 on long-awaited Sardis Connector

The long-awaited Sardis Road Connector is inching closer to reality.

A contract for right of way acquisition services along the route, which would run from Dawsonville Highway/Ga. 53 in West Hall to Thompson Bridge Road/Ga. 60 in North Hall, may be presented at the Nov. 14 Hall County Board of Commissioners meeting. 

The right of way effort would affect a total of 143 parcels, uprooting 32 homes and six businesses, according to the county.

“Whichever firm is chosen will begin acquiring right-of-way shortly thereafter — a process that is expected to last for about two years,” Hall spokesman Brian Stewart said.

Otherwise, “the project is fully designed,” he said.

Construction could begin in fiscal 2024, according to the latest pre-construction status report from the Georgia Department of Transportation, Stewart said.

Building of the four-lane road will be funded using state money, but right of way acquisition will be paid using local money.

Acquiring right of way, as well as utility relocation and final design and engineering, is expected to cost $27.5 million, with $17.5 million coming from the county’s current special purpose local option sales tax, or SPLOST VII.

Another $10 million would come from SPLOST VIII, which must be approved by voters and is on the Nov. 5 ballot.

Overall, SPLOST VIII is expected to net $73.6 million for road improvements, also including $26.8 million for right-of-way acquisition in the second phase of the Spout Springs widening project.

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