Road construction is partially completed and otherwise well under way in the planned Gateway Industrial Centre in northeast Hall County.
Crews have paved roads as part of the project’s first phase, or roads off Ga. 365 across from Chiplan Road and leading into what will be the 518-acre development.
A road that will run between White Sulphur and Whitehall roads and largely parallel to Ga. 365 is unfinished, stopping at a 10-acre site that will be the home of the new Georgia Poultry Laboratory Network headquarters.
“We had a tight deadline to have the pad ready for the poultry lab to take over,” said Jody Woodall, a civil engineer with Hall County.
State officials are hoping to close by the end of the month on the property.
As part of an agreement last year, the Gainesville-Hall County Development Authority is required to prepare the site for construction before the state will close on the property, said Paul L. Melvin, spokesman for the State Properties Commission.
Work is moving along on the second phase, or completion of the White Sulphur-Whitehall connector.
The Whitehall intersection “may be reconfigured based on what the needs are for future buyers (in the park),” Woodall said.
The White Sulphur end of the road — or between Ga. 365 and Airline Baptist Church — will be lowered about 4 feet because “the sight distance is not adequate for an intersection,” he said.
Also, the intersection of White Sulphur at Ga. 365 will be reconfigured to add a left-turn lane and improvements for motorists turning south on Ga. 365.
Georgia Department of Transportation crews “will be working with us on any (traffic) signal improvements (there),” Woodall said. “It’s kind of a joint project at that intersection.”
As for other traffic signals, “once the park is being developed, we’ll do a study and if one is warranted, one would be installed,” he said.
Gateway, which has about 150 acres of rail frontage, also includes property north of Whitehall Road up to Lanier Cold Storage. Future road development could take place in that area, as needed.
The first phase, including the grading for the poultry lab and water line installation, is costing $1.4 million. The second phase will cost an estimated $3 million.
Hall County’s costs are being covered by the special purpose local option sales tax.
“As lots are sold, the development authority will reimburse Hall County for our expenses,” Woodall said. “If this park develops and they decide to develop (north of Whitehall), the thought is the sale of the lots would pay for future (road) development.”
On Feb. 14, the Hall County Board of Commissioners approved partnering with the city of Lula to provide sewer treatment service to Gateway, but the county would install about 5 miles of pipeline from a county-built pump station up Ga. 365 to Ga. 52.