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Progress made in U.S. 129 roadwork
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A portion of Pond Fork Church Road at Hall-Jackson County line gets moved a bit as road construction continues Wednesday, July 8, 2020, on U.S. 19/Athens Highway. - photo by Scott Rogers

Update, July 11: Progress is being made in at least a couple of places in the ongoing Athens Highway/U.S. 129 widening project. 

Earlier this week, workers graded at Baker Road and U.S. 129 to even Baker with the new roadway. 

Another major part of the widening project that was recently completed is a bridge near Pond Ford Church Road at the Hall-Jackson County line. Traffic has shifted onto the new bridge, Georgia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Katie Strickland said. 

Grading like the work at Baker Road could take place in a few weeks at Roy Parks Road, Strickland said. There will be lane closures, but the road will not close. 

Overall, the road is being widened from two to four lanes between Gillsville Highway/Ga. 332 in Hall to Talmo in Jackson County. 

The 7-mile, $45 million project began in August 2016 and is set for a 2021 completion. 

The road is considered a vital truck/commerce route as it connects Interstate 85 to Interstate 985, especially as the DOT is widening I-85 from four to six lanes between Ga. 53 and Ga. 129. 


Baker Road in East Hall is scheduled to close at Athens Highway/U.S. 129 on Thursday, July 9, as part of the ongoing Athens Highway widening project. 

The closing is set to take place 9 a.m.-3 p.m., with law enforcement directing traffic, Georgia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Katie Strickland said Wednesday, July 8. 

“This will allow contractors to do grading, so that (Baker) is the same level as the new roadway,” she said, adding that the work won’t involve paving. 

Priest Circle and Wallace Road will serve as detours for Baker Road, which is across from Eskimo Cold Storage on Athens Highway. 

Similar grading could take place in a few weeks at Roy Parks Road, Strickland said. 

One major part of the widening project that was recently completed is a bridge near Pond Ford Church Road at the Hall-Jackson County line. Traffic has shifted onto the new bridge, Strickland said. 

Overall, the road is being widened from two to four lanes between Gillsville Highway/Ga. 332 in Hall to Talmo in Jackson County. 

The 7-mile, $45 million project began in August 2016 and is set for a 2021 completion. 

The road is considered a vital truck/commerce route as it connects Interstate 85 to Interstate 985, especially as the DOT is widening I-85 from four to six lanes between Ga. 53 and Ga. 129. 

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Road construction continues on U.S. 19/Athens Highway Wednesday, July 8, 2020, near Roy Parks Road as the new surface is readies for paving. - photo by Scott Rogers
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