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Per the Georgia Department of Transportation, Richard Russel Scenic Highway in White County is closed due to road conditions.

GDOT contributes funds to utility aid on Appalachian Parkway 

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CLEVELAND, Ga. — The final phase of the Appalachian Parkway was awarded to CMES, Inc. in June 2019. This project represents an $11.1 Million construction investment.

In order to streamline portions of the utility relocation, the Georgia Department of Transportation has granted utility aid to the City of Cleveland and the relocation of their facilities is part of the construction contract with CMES.

As part of the utility aid, Georgia DOT will be funding approximately $700,000 of Cleveland’s water and sewer costs. The city of Cleveland will be funding any upgrades to their facilities.

This will allow the construction partners to install water lines in the City of Cleveland, expediting the project’s timeline.

“It’s good to see this third and final phase coming to fruition, and I applaud the collaborative effort with the Georgia DOT helping with the financial commitment for the water and sewer relocation. It’s a great help to our local governments as these costs can become a burden to the local cities and counties,” said State Senator Steve Gooch.

This final phase will complete the Appalachian Parkway by widening Hulsey Road, located off of State Route 11/US 129. This newly widened section of roadway will be named State Route 75 Connector as it provides the final section that will take traffic around Cleveland to Helen via SR 75.

At this time there is no official start for the project, upcoming lane closure and construction details will be communicated at a later date.

 

 

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GDOT awards contract for Cleveland Bypass Phase 3

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – The Georgia Department of Transportation awarded 10 construction project contracts in June to the Northeast Region in June that totaled just over $28 million and the largest went to White County.

The third phase of the Cleveland Bypass which represents an $11 million investment was awarded to CMES. The project starts at the intersection of State Route 11/US 129 and ends at the intersection with State Route 75. Hulsey Road will be widened to four lanes with a center turn lane. This project is estimated to be complete 510 days from start date.

A separate contract was awarded to Southern States Pavement Markings to upgrade rumble strips, — a road safety feature used to alert drivers of lane lines — throughout 11 counties in the region. The routes and locations in White County include State Routes 11, 254, 348 and 356.

GDOT also awarded a contract to Pittman Construction Company to resurface State Route 115, in White County, starting at the Lumpkin County line and extending to North Bell Street.The scheduled completion date is Dec. 15, 2020.

 

 

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GDOT to open bids on Cleveland bypass Friday

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CLEVELAND – The Georgia Department of Transportation is expected to open bids on the construction of phase 3 of the Cleveland bypass on Friday

Sen. Steve Gooch, (R-Dahlonega) who has championed this project from the time he was on the GDOT Board until he was elected to the senate, said, “I’m excited. I’ll be watching their website closely. They could post the apparent low bidder Friday afternoon.

Phase 3 will divert traffic around a heavily congested downtown Cleveland from Hwy. 129 to Hwy. 75 (Helen Highway) along Hulsey Road which will be widened to four lanes.

“This is something I’ve been involved in since day 1,” Gooch said. “I did my best to push it to the forefront when I got to the senate.”

The project has been estimated to cost in excess of $15 million. “There have been a lot of contractors bid on this, so the price may get bid down a good bit,” he said.

The price tag is certain to be less than the first two phases which cost about $20 million because this one will be built along an existing roadway.

Gooch added, “Hulsey Road will remain open the whole time although there will be delays, as you would expect with any road project.”

GDOT spokeswoman Katie Strickland has said there will be a pre-construction conference with contractors in late July.

 

 

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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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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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GDOT announces lane closures on SR11/US 129 today and Friday

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GAINESVILLE, Ga.,– On State Route 11/ US 129 single lane closures will occur between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Bells Mill Bridge over the East Fork Little River today and tomorrow to allow the installation of concrete barrier.

On Monday, a concrete caisson, or support structure for the new Bells Mill Bridge will close a lane from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Longstreet Bridge, the more southern bridge located on State Route 11/US 129  will also have a lane closure today and tomorrow between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. this will allow for the construction of one of the concrete columns.

Please slow down when entering the work zone.

 

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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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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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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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Second Phase of the Appalachian Parkway Will be Open Wednesday

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – Katie Strickland, the District 1 communications officer for the Georgia Department of Transportation said a ribbon-cutting and grand opening of Phase 2 of the Appalachian Parkway will be held Wednesday (July 26) at 10 a.m.

Strickland said the portion of the road north of Cleveland at the intersection of  Highway 129 and Hulsey Road, received the final smooth topping, striping and finishing touches Monday.

 

GDOT Continues Asphalt Repair in Cherokee County

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Appalachian Parkway Phase 2 Opens

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Aerial photo of Appalachian Pkwy. Phase 2 courtesy of Sam Owens

CLEVELAND, Ga. – Phase 2 of the Appalachian Parkway – a potentially life-saving, two-mile stretch of four-lane highway winding its way around the downtown business district of Cleveland, opened today.

State Senator Steve Gooch (R-Dahlonega) and State Rep. Terry Rogers (R-Clarkesville were on hand along with city and county officials from Helen, Cleveland, Dahlonega and White, Lumpkin and Union counties.

Gooch commented on how the new parkway would reduce travel time dramatically for emergency vehicles transporting patients from Union and White counties to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville.

White County Commission Chairman Travis Turner credited Gooch, Rogers and State Rep. Lee

Hawkins (R-Gainesville) for their effort in the state legislature.

“Without those guys, this would not have been possible,” he said. “On behalf of the citizens of White County and north Georgia, we appreciate their support.”

Georgia Department of Transportation Engineer Brent Cook talked about the cost of the project. Purchasing the right of way for Phase 1 and 2 cost approximately $26 million he said. Construction of Phase 1 cost $20 million. Phase 2 cost $25 million plus $2.5 million for engineering. All told, you’re looking at about $75 or $76 million investment,” he said. “But this product, as you will see when you get to ride it, is a good product.”

State Sen. Steve Gooch (left) State Rep. Terry Rogers speak at ribbon cutting ceremony.

Gooch thanked taxpayers who supported HB 170, The Transportation Improvement ACT passed two years ago.

“As a state senator, I thank you for your support of that tax policy,” he said. “It takes a lot of financial resources to get projects like this done. The taxpayers of Georgia take money out of their pockets every time they put gas in their cars. That’s what paid for this project and so many others like it.”

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Federal Regulations Will Cost Helen Taxpayers Time and Money

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Federal regulations will make replacing the old pedestrian bridge in Helen more expensive.

HELEN, Ga. – As they often do, obtrusive and unnecessary federal regulations have delayed another local project and, in all likelihood, made it more expensive for taxpayers.

Last week, the Helen City Commission approved a contract to build a pedestrian bridge across the Chattahoochee River to Sautee-based Square Deal Enterprises, a company the city has frequently done business with and found to be more than satisfactory. Square Deal built an identical bridge for the city directly across Hwy. 75 and presented a bid that was the lowest of the four received.

But, because the agreement was to have been funded with federal Transportation Enhancement dollars through the Georgia Department of Transportation, it required that a percentage of the work be performed by a minority or woman-owned business. Square Deal did not meet that requirement. Only one bid did and that would cost the taxpayers an additional $270,000.

That left the city with only two options. Either pay the extra $270,000 or rebid the project. On Friday, the commission opted to re-open the bidding process.

 

Road Work on Hwy. 75 to Cause Delays

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HELEN, Ga. — Travel between Cleveland and Helen could be more difficult for the next couple of days according to Katie Strickland, the District One Communications Officer for Georgia Department of Transportation.

Strickland said State Route 75 remained closed Monday afternoon as crews worked to repair a drainage pipe under the highway. A  detour is in effect  from State Route 384/Duncan Bridge Road to Asbestos Road until the repairs are completed.

The detour will be in effect until at least Tuesday afternoon, possibly longer depending on the weather. Flagging operators will be there to help direct motorists.

Strickland also advised motorists to plan ahead since the detour will cause delays.

Crews worked through the night Tuesday to remove the damaged roadway, replace the drainage pipe and pave over the area.

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