Job fair set for Goodwill Career Center Nov. 15

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — The Goodwill Career Center will hold a multi-employer job fair from 10 a.m. until noon Thursday, Nov. 15.

Hiring managers from major companies like Georgia Department of Transportation, Panera Bread, Georgia Highlands Medical Services, Hilton Head Hospitality, Modern Woodmen of America, Synergy Homecare and many others will participate and will conduct interviews on site.

There is no cost to participate. The center is inside the Goodwill store at 66 S. 400 Center Lane in Dawsonville. The WorkSource Georgia Mountains mobile training unit will also be onsite to offer resume assistance and skills assessments.

All job fair participants will receive a coupon for 25% off at the Dawsonville Goodwill Store Valid the day of the job fair only. All job seekers will also be entered to win a $25 Kroger Gift Card.

 

 

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Expect lane closures on SR 52 starting Thursday

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – Motorists planning to travel on State Route 52 toward Amicalola Falls should be aware that traffic will be directed by flagging operators starting Thursday ( Sept. 6).

Construction partners with Georgia Department of Transportation  will be closing lanes each day between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. through Friday, September 14.

This work will allow the replacement of a cross drain on SR 52 and is associated with the roundabout project at SR 52 at SR 183. This work will be done weather-permitting.

The roundabout at SR 52 at SR 183 was awarded to Baldwin Paving Inc. in November of 2017 and has a scheduled completion date of May 31, 2020.

 

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Hwy. 53 bridge over Lake Lanier opens Thursday

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GAINESVILLE- The newly constructed State Route 53 bridge over Lake Lanier  will be opened to traffic at 11 a.m Thursday (Aug. 2).

Construction partners with Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) will shift traffic over to the new bridge and approaches and close access to the former lanes of the green truss bridge.

DOT officials ask drivers to be alert as workers will be in the lanes and directing traffic. This shift could be postponed if rainy weather interferes.

Opening the new bridge to traffic doesn’t mean work is complete. Final asphalt topping is still required along with additional grading to each side of the new approaches. The completion date for this project is March 2019, which includes time for the demolition of the former structure.

This project was awarded to Scott Bridge Company Inc. in March of 2016 and has a construction contract amount of $19.7 million.

 

 

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Resurfacing of Hwy. 369 and Ga. 400 to cause delays Monday through Wednesday

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – Katie Strickland of the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) says the intersection of  Browns Bridge Road (SR 369) and Georgia 400 (SR 400) will be closed to traffic Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to allow a resurfacing project to be completed quickly before the school year begins.

The work will require traffic to be detoured from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.  A detour will be set up at SR 306 (Keiths Bridge Road) and SR 9, to direct drivers around the work zone.

This detour pertains to SR 369 only. One lane of SR 400 northbound and southbound will be open to traffic. State Route 400 will not be closed.

Eastbound traffic on SR 369 will be detoured by way of SR 306 (Keiths Bridge Road) to SR 9.  Westbound traffic on SR 369 will turn on SR 9 and then SR 306 (Keiths Bridge Road).

Crews plan to complete the resurfacing of the main intersection of SR 369 at SR 400 on Monday, then on Tuesday they will pave the inside lanes along SR 400. On Wednesday, they finish the job with the outside lanes.  Tuesday and Wednesday’s work will require single lane closures on SR 400 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

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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. 

GDOT officials answer questions about roundabout planned for Dawson Forest Rd. and State Route 9

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – Those who attended the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) public information session at Riverview Elementary School Tuesday came away with a better understanding of the purpose of the proposed double roundabouts at the intersection of State Route 9 and Dawson Forest Road.

GDOT officials were on hand to answer questions and listen to suggestions. They also handed out packets that contained a comment card so additional comments could submitted.

Those who could not attend the meeting can still provide comments online until May 30 at www.dot.ga.gov/PS/Public/PublicOutreach. Additionally, questions can be directed to Heidi Schneider at HSchneider@dit,ga.gov   or by calling 68-518-3677.

GDOT officials say the purpose of the project is to enhance traffic operations and reduce crash frequency. It is based on a feasibility study that determined two, single-lane roundabouts are the most favorable intersection control alternative.

The total length of the project is approximately six tenths of a mile. The two roundabouts will be constructed independent of each other. They would consist of 140-foot diameter, 20-foot circulating lane, a 15-foot wide truck apron and 70-foot diameter center island. Curb and gutter would be installed along the outside of the roundabouts with a mountable curb along the inside for the truck apron.

The project is approximately one-quarter mile from Riverview Elementary and 700-feet from Dawson County Fire Station 7.

Northeast District Communications Director Katie Strickland said the project will be let in July 2019 and is expected to take 18-24 months to complete.

County Commissioners Julie Nix attended the meeting and said she enthusiastically supports the project.

“I’m excited about it. This will make it so much safer for everyone. Riverview was built in 2010 and we started hearing from parents of students in 2011 about how dangerous that intersection is. It has taken a long time to move it forward, but when (State Rep.) Kevin Tanner was elected, he was able to get the project fast tracked.”

Fire Chief/EMA Director Danny Thompson said he supports the project but does have some concern about the congestion that could be created in front of the fire station in the morning when school buses and parents are dropping off students at Riverview and in the afternoon when they pick them up.

 

 

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GDOT plan for SR 9, Dawson Forest Rd intersection on display at Riverview Elementary Tuesday

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — The Georgia Department of Transportation (DOT) will host an open house Tuesday, May 15, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Riverview Elementary School to give the public a look at a new design for the intersection of Dawson Forest Road and state Route (SR) 9.

The purpose of the proposed project is to enhance traffic operations and reduce crash frequency. There are two intersections on SR 9 and both provide right-turn access to Dawson Forest Road via a connector street. This project will update the current unsignalized intersections by constructing two independent single-lane roundabouts.

The meeting will be an informative public meeting and citizens in attendance will learn more about the plans for the future roundabouts on state Route (SR) 9 and Dawson Forest Road.

Citizens will be able to view a layout and also speak with Georgia DOT engineers and staff to provide answers to any questions they may have.

 

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Dawson commissioners receive SPLOST VI update

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Public Works Director David McKee

DAWSONVILLE, Ga. –  The Dawson County Board of Commissioners received an update on Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) VI collections from Public Works Director David McKee during a rare Tuesday work session.

SPLOST VI was initiated in 2015 and will run through 2021. Collections were expected to reach $46 million in six years. To date, Dawson County collections are $15,067,286. The city of Dawsonville receives 15 percent of collections and the county receives the balance.

Approximately 11 percent of collections are allocated to sheriff’s vehicles, 11 percent to Fire and EMS, 10 percent to Parks and Recreation, 67 percent to Public Works and 1 percent to Information Technology (IT).

McKee said a total of $11,565,649 in projects have been completed with $5,650,000 in proposed projects planned for Phase 3.

Public Defender Brad Morris requested funding for the salaries and expenses for personnel in the Public Defender’s office.

Dawson County has had a contract with the Georgia Public Defenders Council since 2005 to provide one attorney and one administrative assistant. The expenses covered by this contract ($183,738.65) were approved in the 2018 budget. The contract renews the agreement through Dec. 31.

A second request by Morris for $71,257 is required to cover half the salaries of an assistant public defender and an investigator. The other half is covered by Hall County, which is also served by the office.

Commissioners approved the repaving of the roadway of the Veterans Memorial Park and Senior Services and parking lot for the Veterans Memorial Park with SPLOST V and VI funds. The county has received two bids for the project and Parks and Recreation Director Lisa Henson asked commissioners to approve the low bid of Blount Construction Company in the amount of $599,141.

Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) has programmed the state Route 183 bridge over Cochrans Creek for replacement during the first quarter of 2020. The closure of the road during construction, which is expected to be for a period of six months to one year, will require all traffic to be detoured. GDOT has identified the most beneficial detour to be Keith Evans Road, a county maintained road. McKee asked commissioners to approve the use of Keith Evans Road as the detour route.

Issues discussed during work sessions are expected to be voted on at the next voting session of the Board of Commissioners.

 

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