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New Elachee Drive bridge planned over I-985
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A new Elachee Drive bridge over Interstate 985 is being proposed, with construction possibly starting on the $3.3 million replacement in 2020.

Other project costs include $500,000 for preliminary engineering in fiscal 2017-18 and $250,000 for right of way acquisition in 2019, according to a legal notice published Sunday on the project.

Hall County’s lead transportation planning agency, the Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning Organization, will accept public comments on the project until July 17.

The MPO’s decision-making Policy Committee, which comprises top area elected officials, will discuss the project at its Aug. 9 meeting.

Other details, including the need for the bridge and funding sources, weren’t available on July Fourth, and officials couldn’t be reached for comment.

The current two-lane bridge crosses I-985 between the Atlanta Highway/Ga. 13 and Queen City Parkway/Ga. 60 interchanges.

Elachee Drive cuts through the 1,440-acre Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve, running from Atlanta Highway to the Elachee Nature Science Center.

Elachee, a privately owned nonprofit organization, has hiking trails, a nature shop and exhibits, and it offers conservation-related and educational programs. It also serves as a venue for weddings and other events.


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