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Move to speed up Spout Springs project fails
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A move this morning to make Hall County’s Spout Springs Road widening project a top priority failed to gain traction among the area’s top elected leaders.

Richard Mecum, chairman of the Hall County Board of Commissioners, sought the measure in South Hall, saying “move this thing forward as rapidly as we can ... and focus funding on this road.”

Mecum made the request to other members of the Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning Organization’s decision-making policy committee, which met at the Gainesville Public Safety Complex.

No one seconded the motion, so it failed to pass.

Flowery Branch Mayor Mike Miller said he agreed the road project needs to be a priority, “but I would like to see a list of what we would be displacing if we bumped that up.”

Spout Springs Road runs from Interstate 985 in Flowery Branch to Braselton and the Hall-Gwinnett County line, with county officials working on a project to widen the road to four lanes.

Engineer Jody Woodall told the committee that environmental work is underway and right-of-way acquisition is scheduled for 2017-18. Construction could start in 2020, he said.

“If we wait until 2020, that’s too late,” Mecum said. “It’s desperately needed today.”

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