Single-lane closures on Hwy.17/75 begin next week

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HELEN, Ga. – Travel back and forth between Helen and Cleveland will take a little longer starting next week when Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) maintenance and construction crews will begin extending the culvert underneath State Route 17/75 (SR 17/75).

To complete the work, single lane closures will occur near Andrews Cove Campground between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. The work will be performed in stages over the next three months. Drivers need to be aware that signage and flagging operators will be present in advance of the lane closures along the route.

The project will require the removal of the historic stones from the arches of the culvert. However, once construction activities are completed, they will be paced back. GDOT has worked closely with department historians to ensure they are removing the stones properly to preserve history. The project will also add a 20-foot shoulder, 10 feet of the shoulder will be paved.

Repairing and improving these structures is vital at this time as they have never been replaced. Once reconstructed, maintaining the new wider shoulder and longer culverts will be easier. This will also make driving through this curve safer for drivers.

 

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Put your phone away and just drive: Hands-Free cell phone use is now the law drivers in Georgia

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Hands-Free cell phone use is law

Drive Alert Arrive Alive, Georgia!

CARTERSVILLE, Ga.—Just put down the phone and DRIVE! Hands-free cell phone use is now the law for drivers in Georgia. The Hands-Free Law (House Bill 673; Hands-Free Georgia Act), which went into effect on July 1, requires hands-free technology when drivers use cell phones and other electronic devices. Among other things, it is illegal for a driver to hold a phone in their hand or to use their body to support a phone. Penalties range from $50 and one point on a license for the first conviction to $150 and three points for the third and subsequent convictions.

Read Georgia Department of Transportation’s (GDOT) The EXTRA MILE blog post – Hands-Free Means Big Changes for the Better in Georgia – by guest author Robert Hydrick of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS). For additional information on the many facets of the law, visit http://www.headsupgeorgia.com/handsfree-law/.

“I am optimistic that Georgia’s new Hands-Free law will save lives,” GDOT Commissioner Russell R. McMurry. P.E. said. “I also want to emphasize how crucial it is for drivers and passengers to buckle up. Seatbelts truly save lives.”

Through its Drive Alert Arrive Alive campaign, GDOT has, for several years, called attention to an alarming surge in fatalities on Georgia’s roads after a decade of reductions. Many of these deaths are preventable. The campaign implores motorists to focus on driving, to not drive distracted and to wear a seatbelt to reduce the chance of serious injury or death if there is a crash. Visitwww.dot.ga.gov/DAAA.

While GDOT reports that, as of June 28, 2018, overall roadway fatalities are down 10 percent in Georgia from the same time last year, pedestrian deaths are up 22 percent. GDOT’s See & Be Seen campaign, the pedestrian component of Drive Alert Arrive Alive, emphasizes that pedestrian safety is a shared responsibility between motorists and pedestrians. Visit www.dot.ga.gov/SBS.

Summer construction roadwork is underway across Georgia. Before you get on the road, call 511 or visit www.511ga.org for real-time information about active construction, incidents and road conditions.Pay extra attention in work zones – slow down and watch for workers.  Work zone safety is everybody’s responsibility. 

Road repair will cause detour on Hwy 17/75 Monday

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HELEN — Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) maintenance crews out of the Cleveland area office will detour drivers on State Route 17/75 Monday morning to install a new drainage structure.

The detour route will be in place between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m.

During the recent flash flood, the pipe was damaged. GDOT is taking this opportunity to replace and upsize the pipe. The location of this repair is near the Top of Georgia Airstream Park, the closest milepost to the work is milepost 11.4.

The detour route will guide traffic around this repair work by way of SR 180 to SR 348 then to SR 75 Alternate. This detour will position motorists back on SR 17/75.  Tractor trailers will be directed by flagging operators to SR 11 instead of SR 348.

Please drive alert as our workers will be in the lanes directing traffic.

 

 

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State Route 75 in White county re-opened

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ROBERTSTOWN — State Route 75 between Robertstown and Unicoi Gap has reopened.

Some 30 Georgia Department of Transportation workers hauled in dirt and large rocks to give support to embankments that had been washed away by the torrential rains that hit the area earlier this week.

A press release issued by Katie Strickland of the DOT indicated the work began before 9 a.m. on Wednesday and was completed before midnight.

“We will follow up with additional improvements in the next few weeks as the weather improves and dries out the ground, said Area Manager Matt Needham, who works out of the Cleveland area office.

Drivers are encouraged to drive alert, use your headlights, slow down, and buckle up.

 

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Commissioners deny single-family residential development

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CLEVELAND, Ga. — Meeting in a combined called meeting and work session Monday, the White County Board of Commissioners voted to deny a request by Tanvor, LLC to rezone 38.59 acres on Georgia Highways 255 and 384 from Agriculture Forestry District to Planned Development to accommodate construction of more than 30 single-family homes.

The Planning Board recommended denial of the request based on its belief the proposed development did not meet Planned Development standards. Commissioners voted 4-1 to accept the recommendation with Commissioner Lyn Holcomb opposed.

Commissioners also approved a preliminary list of 2020 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) projects. Before the one-cent tax can be collected, however, voters will have the opportunity to vote on it in a referendum.

The most expensive projects on the SPLOST list include a $5 million renovation and addition to the county courthouse and payment to the White County Development Authority to pay for Yonah Preserve Park.

The White County Chamber of Commerce was presented with a proclamation declaring April 29 through May 5 as Small Business Week in the county.

Commissioners tabled the approval of spring 2018 county SPLOST road projects and acceptance of Shepherd Drive into county road maintenance.

In other decisions Monday, commissioners approved:

⦁ Purchase of a 2019 Ford F250 and 2018 Ford Explorer for the Road Department at a cost of approximately $55,000. The purchases would be funded by the county’s sale of road paving equipment to Stephens County for $70,000;

⦁ Re-designation of a Local Maintenance Improvement Grant project (LMIG) to construct the Town Creek Bridge at a cost of approximately $1.4 million. The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) has agreed to pay for the construction;

⦁ Payment of approximately  $95,500 for right-of-way acquisition for replacement of Airport Road Bridge. GDOT will pay for the cost of construction;

⦁ An intergovernmental agreement (IGA) with the city of Cleveland for transfer of ownership of the Oak Springs School building and property. The city plans to re-purpose the building into a community center;

⦁ The fiscal year 2019 budget for Enotah Judicial Circuit at $327,341;

⦁ A contract with CSRA Probation Services to provide services for probate and magistrate courts;

⦁ An addendum to the 2018 fiscal year contract with Legacy Link for nutrition program services;

⦁ A 2018 cooperative law enforcement plan with the U.S. Forest Service for patrol of Forest Service lands in White County; and

⦁ Award of a $170,000 certificate of deposit to South State Bank at a rate of 1.05 percent for one year.

 

 

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Rehab of Roy Head Bridge will begin in June

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GDOT spokesperson Katie Strickland

CLEVELAND, Ga. – The driving surface of the oldest bridge in White County will be replaced this summer.

The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) held an informational meeting in September to discuss the rehabilitation of the 60-year-old Roy Head Bridge on state Route 11/US 129 over Tesnatee Creek north of Cleveland.

Last week, GDOT announced the contract for the work has been awarded to Comanche Construction, of Marietta. The amount of the contract is $969,337. Work, which will include painting the steel beams, replacement of the bridge deck joints and protective overlay riding surface, is expected to begin in June and be completed by the end of July.

At the informational meeting, GDOT spokeswoman Katie Strickland said replacement of the driving surface will help the sub-structure because it is cracking. Strickland said GDOT will place message boards and detour signage and a signal light at the intersection of Tesnatee Gap Valley Road and Hwy. 115 west.

The bridge was named for the first soldier from White County who was killed during World War I.

 

 

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Georgia DOT Continues Cable Rail Repair Along I-575 in Cherokee

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Georgia DOT Continues Cable Rail Repair along I-575 in Canton, GA

 
CANTON Ga. – A Georgia DOT Maintenance crew resumes today its work on repairing the cable rail along Interstate 575 in Cherokee County.  Work will proceed daily between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., weather permitting.

It is Georgia DOT position that guardrail and cable rail maintenance and repair are essential to keeping our roadways safe for the traveling public.  Our maintenance workers do their best to keep track of the damage to guard/cable rails and make repairs as quickly as possible in order to preserve road safety.

Each day, hundreds of Georgia Department of Transportation employees and contractors work on dozens of highway, bridge and intersection improvements throughout the state.  Their work often brings them and heavy machinery in close proximity to travel lanes. Fifty-seven Georgia DOT personnel and many more motorists, passengers and contractors’ workers have been killed in highway work zone accidents since 1973.  Please help us prevent these tragedies by slowing down; being especially attentive and cautious as you pass through construction work zones; and always driving responsibly.  Safer Driving; Safer Work Zones; For Everyone.  For information on the Department of Transportation, visit http://www.dot.ga.gov.  You also may follow us on (www.facebook.com/GDOTNW) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/GDOTNW).

GDOT Continues Asphalt Repair in Cherokee County

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