Resurfacing is underway on Ga. 369/Jesse Jewell Parkway near a new shopping complex in the New Holland community.
The $781,353 project, set for a Halloween completion, involves a 0.73-mile stretch between Ga. 11/Limestone Parkway and Interstate 985.
The stretch of road was last resurfaced in 1998.
“The pavement surface is damaged and needs replacing,” a Georgia Department of Transportation release states.
On Wednesday, however, the contractor, Pendergrass-based Allied Paving, was doing work related to the development, not the resurfacing, DOT district spokeswoman Teri Pope said.
The two efforts are separate, yet intertwined.
Pope noted the resurfacing work is based on the road’s “pavement condition rating only” and that “the development came later.”
The DOT awarded the project contract to Allied, then the developer “chose to hire that same contractor to do the paving they needed,” Pope said.
The department approved commercial driveway permits that will allow businesses to access state routes — Ga. 11 and Ga. 369 in this case.
Approval of this project was “wise,” Pope said. “Our planning and coordination will get a better roadway for ... drivers in Gainesville.”
The New Holland Marketplace, anchored by a Kroger grocery store, will sit on 56 acres off Jesse Jewell and Limestone parkways.
A QuikTrip convenience store is planned on a separate 12-acre site south of Jesse Jewell across from Limestone.
The project involves construction of a road, Textile Way, running through the 12-acre site connecting Limestone Parkway to White Sulphur Road.
That work will require traffic signal upgrades on Jesse Jewell at Limestone and White Sulphur.
Also planned is a new traffic light on Limestone, leading into the development, and an additional left-turn lane for Jesse Jewell motorists traveling north on Limestone.
In the end, motorists will be able to reach the 56-acre site by one of four entrances — two on Limestone, one on Jesse Jewell and one on White Sulphur.
The Kroger is on track, meanwhile, for a March 12 grand opening, said Mike McNicholas, president of the project’s Greenville, S.C.-based developer, Carolina Holdings Inc.
“We’ll be opening (other) shops later on in the springtime,” he said.
As for other interested businesses, “at this juncture, we’re not announcing the tenants that will be coming in,” McNicholas said. “But we will be in the near future.”