Nearly $1.2 billion in area road projects through 2050 were approved Tuesday, Sept. 17, by a committee governing the Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning Organization.
Transportation projects will include new roads, road extensions, road widenings and intersection improvements. The MPO, which is the Hall area’s lead transportation planning agency, also is looking at improvements for transit, bicycling and pedestrians.
The list, approved by the MPO’s Policy Committee, a group comprising top area officials, now will be sent to the Atlanta Regional Commission for further review, particularly making sure the projects align with air quality standards. Hall County is part of a 22-county, Atlanta-area air quality zone.
Joseph Boyd, the MPO’s transportation planning director, said the roads plan could get final adoption in March.
The MPO is required to update its project list every five years. The 2015 list can be found on the MPO’s website, ghmpo.org.
2020-25 major projects
These are estimated construction costs only:
New bridges on Price Road/Ga. 136 over Chestatee River, Elachee Road over Interstate 985, Poplar Springs Road over Walnut Creek, Dawsonville Highway/Ga. 53 westbound over the Chattahoochee River: $32 million
Roundabouts on Green Street at Thompson Bridge Road/Morningside Drive and E.E. Butler Parkway/Academy Street: $2.7 million
Widening I-985 from Interstate 85 to Mundy Mill Road: $80.8 million
Widening Cleveland Highway/U.S. 129 from Limestone Parkway to south of Nopone Road, three phases: $76 million
Sardis Road Connector between Sardis Road and Thompson Bridge Road: $31 million
Widening Spout Springs Road from Union Circle to Thompson Mill Road: $33.6 million
Source: Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning Organization