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Passed over for grant, Oakwood mulling other ways to improve key city street
South Hall County still hopes to improve Old Oakwood Road
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Oakwood is looking at ways to pay for improving Old Oakwood Road after Appalachian Regional Commission grant funding failed to come through.

Oakwood is looking at other options to improve a key traffic artery after losing out on potential grant funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission.

“We feel like we had a good application,” City Manager Stan Brown said. “It just did not get funded. We’ll just have to look at some other strategies of how to pay for that. … We will work a way.”

One option is seeing if the Georgia Department of Transportation could help with the project, Brown said.

The South Hall County city was seeking ARC funding to help pay for adding a center turn lane to two-lane Old Oakwood Road, a project that would line up with Performance Foodservice Milton’s construction of a 521,135-square-foot warehouse.

The city hasn’t gotten building plans from the company yet, “but their big focus has been on the grading and drainage work,” Brown said.

“We’re real close to completing the design for the road improvements,” he added. “Our engineers are coordinating with their engineers.”

The two-lane road otherwise serves a key connection between Mundy Mill and Mountain View roads. It also serves as a potential crossing for a planned Tumbling Creek Road extension, a project that features a $3.4 million bridge over Norfolk Southern railroad tracks.

Fast-growing Oakwood has gotten busy with road projects lately.

It recently completed Milton Martin Toyota Way between Mundy Mill Road and Atlanta Highway/Ga. 13, approved an agreement with Hall County to rebuild McEver Road between its southern city limits and Flat Creek Road and pledged $50,000 to the Tumbling Creek project.

Also, the city is working with DOT and the University of North Georgia on ways to ease the traffic crunch on Mundy Mill at UNG’s Gainesville campus.

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