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Officials give update on Hall County road projects schedule
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Brent Cook, Georgia Department of Transportation district engineer, spoke Thursday at an annual transportation forum at the University of North Georgia’s Gainesville campus.

While some construction barrels already line some Hall County roads, other traffic relief appears on the way in the form of some big transportation projects.

Just hang on was the message Thursday at an annual transportation forum at the University of North Georgia’s Gainesville campus.

“There are several things happening (behind the scenes),” Hall County Planning Director Srikanth Yamala said at the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce event. “We may not have a whole lot to show this year, but the momentum is there, the funding is there.”

Yamala and Brent Cook, Georgia Department of Transportation district engineer, updated an audience of government officials, business leaders and others on planned and ongoing projects.

Several of the projects are bridge replacements, having more to do with safety than traffic volume, as the structures date to Lake Lanier’s formation in the 1950s.

Here’s a look at transportation plans:

Ongoing projects

Boling Bridge replacement

Location: Dawsonville Highway/Ga. 53 at the Forsyth County line

Construction cost: $20 million

Completion: Spring 2019

 

Widening Athens Highway/U.S. 129 to four lanes

Location: Gillsville Highway to Pendergrass Bypass

Construction cost: $44 million

Completion: Spring 2020

 

Widening Atlanta Highway/Ga. 13 to four lanes

Location: Sawnee Avenue in Buford to Lanier Islands Parkway/Ga. 347

Construction cost: $16 million

Completion: Summer 2020

 

Planned projects

Bell’s Mill Bridge replacement

Location: Cleveland Highway/U.S. 129 at East Fork Little River

Update: Right of way acquisition underway

Construction cost: $6.4 million

Schedule: Could go out for construction bids in May

 

Browns Bridge replacement

Location: Browns Bridge Road/Ga. 369 at Chattahoochee River

Update: Right of way acquisition underway

Construction cost: $28 million

Schedule: Construction could start 2018-19

 

Lanier Islands Parkway widening to three lanes

Location: McEver Road to Lanier Islands resort

Update: Set to go out for construction bids in April

Construction cost: $8.3 million

 

Longstreet Bridge replacement

Location: Cleveland Highway/U.S. 129 at the Chattahoochee River

Update: Right of way acquisition underway

Construction cost: $10.5 million

Schedule: Could go out for construction bids in May

 

New Interstate 985 interchange, Exit 14

Location: Martin Road and H.F. Reed Industrial Parkway in South Hall

Update: Right of way acquisition underway

Construction cost: $27 million

Schedule: Could go out for construction bids in June

 

Sardis Road Connector, new four-lane road

Location: Dawsonville Highway/Ga. 53 to Thompson Bridge Road/Ga. 60

Update: Right of way acquisition planned for 2020

Construction cost: $29 million

Schedule: Work could start in 2022

 

Spout Springs Road widening to four lanes, phase 1

Location: Hog Mountain Road to Union Circle in South Hall

Update: Right of way acquisition about to start

Construction cost: $32 million

Schedule: Work could start in 2019

 

Spout Springs Road widening to four lanes, phase 2

Location: Union Circle to Gwinnett County line

Update: Right of way acquisition planned for 2019

Construction cost: $26 million

Schedule: Work could start in 2021

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