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Ask The Times: Bike trail may be complete in 2013
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If you’ve been wondering about something in your community, Ask The Times is your place to get answers. The following questions were submitted by readers and answered through the efforts of our news staff.

Is the bike path from Oakwood to Gainesville still being built? When will it be ready? Where can we get on the path?

Hall County is currently working on right-of-way acquisition for this phase of the Central Hall Multiuse Trail, county spokeswoman Nikki Young said this week.

The project could go out for bids in January, with construction taking approximately six months.

This part of the trail will go from Palmour Drive to Chicopee Village then parallel Atlanta Highway to the Department of Labor.

The trail will then cross Atlanta Highway via a tunnel and continue to the sewer easement along Lanier Technical College’s and Gainesville State College’s property.

The easiest place to park and access this part of the trail will be the Park and Ride lot at Interstate 985, Exit 17.

The trail is an extension of the greenway that begins in Gainesville at Lake Lanier with the Rock Creek Greenway, which was completed in 2009.

The Midtown Greenway, completed earlier this year, then extends through the south part of town.

 It will connect with the Palmour Drive Connector, which has not begun construction.

Other sections yet to be completed include the Balus Creek Route, the McEver Road Greenway Connector and the Flat Creek Route, Young said.

The Elachee Connector also has not been built and must be approved by the Chicopee Woods Area Park Commission and likely would be built by that commission. It would connect the trail to the Elachee Nature Science Center.

How many million gallons a day is Gainesville permitted to withdraw from Lake Lanier, between the Riverside and Lakeside plants. At full designed capacity how many mgd can each plant treat and pump? What was the average mgd of treated water pumped out and sold in 2011 for each plant?

Gainesville has one withdrawal permit and is permitted to withdraw 35 mgd maximum in any 24-hour period and 30 mgd as a monthly average, according to Kevin Chambers, director of communications with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.

Permitted water treatment plant production limits 25 mgd at the Riverside Plant and 10 mgd at the Lakeside Plant, he said.

Monthly averages in 2011 for water produced at Riverside ranged from 8 to 13.5 mgd, with lower numbers during the winter and higher during the summer. Monthly averages at Lakeside ranged from 7.5 to 8 mgd and were fairly consistent during the year.

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