GDOT to hold open house on double roundabout Mar. 12

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ATLANTA — The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) will hold an open house on March 12 at Riverview Elementary School in Dawsonville to answer questions and gather feedback from citizens regarding a detour route necessitated by a planned double roundabout at the intersections of Hwy. 9 and Dawson Forest Road.

The project proposes replacing two existing intersections with two single-lane roundabouts. The open house is intended to provide the public with an opportunity to view the proposed detour, ask questions and comment on the project and detour.

The open house will be held from 5-7 p.m. and the public can drop in any time.

The roundabouts have been in the works since at least 2011, when GDOT asked county officials to support improvements at the busy intersection.

GDOT held an open house in May 2018 to show the plans for the intersection improvements to the public.

Officials with GDOT stated that right of way will have to be acquired for the project, which is estimated to cost around $4 million.

The double roundabout is estimated to open in the summer or fall of 2021 after 18 to 24 months of construction. GDOT is expected to award the contracts for the work in July, with a potential start date for construction later in the summer.

The reason that two single-lane roundabouts are necessary at the crossroads is due to the existing structure of the two intersections, GDOT officials have said. The roundabouts will be constructed independently of each other since the existing intersections are offset from each other.

Katie Strickland, District One communications officer with GDOT, said that once completed, the roundabouts will actually reduce conflict points and enhance safety.

“You’re not going to have the high-speed angle crashes, you’re not going to have the left turn crashes, you’re not going to have the head-on collisions,” Stickland said. So those three will be eliminated from these roundabouts.”

Between 2009 and 2014, there were 40 crashes, 30 injuries and no fatalities at the intersection, according to Strickland.

“Converting this to the roundabout could result in reducing crashes by 45.6 percent, and that was part of the study that (GDOT) did,” she said.

Strickland also said that the traffic capacity of the intersection will last for 20 years.

The open house will be informal and the public is invited to attend at any time during the two-hour window. A court reporter will be available to allow the public an opportunity to make verbal comments about the project.

Written statements will be accepted concerning the project until March 12.Written statements may be submitted to:

Mr. Eric Duff, State Environmental Administrator, Georgia Department of Transportation, 600 West Peachtree Street, NW – 16th Floor, Atlanta, 30308.

 

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Hamby, Headley honored for outstanding achievement during Thursday work session

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — The Dawson County Board of Commissioners had a busy work session agenda Thursday, but took time out to honor two individuals for very special accomplishments – County Manager David Headley and District 3 Commissioner Jimmy Hamby.

Hamby will be retiring from the Board at the end of the month following eight years in office. The Board presented him a plaque in honor of his dedicated service to Dawson County and held a reception for him following the meeting.

County Manager David Headley was named as the Georgia Mountains Regional Commission Appointed Official of the Year recently. The region covers 13 counties and 51 municipalities. “We’re proud of David and his recognition as Official of the Year,” said Commission Chairman Billy Thurmond.

Public Works Director David McKee addressed the Board on several issues. The first was a course aggregate contract bid submitted by Vulcan Materials in the amount of $161,664. The current contract has expired and all renewal year options have been exhausted. The department has a full-time paving crew on staff to perform the Local Maintenance Improvement Grant work and several miles of other road work and parking lot repairs.

The current contract to purchase hot asphaltic mix has also exhausted all renewal years and Mckee asked the Board to accept contracts with Baldwin Paving, Blunt Construction and CW Matthews Contracting to provide the product. Each company offered the low bids on the various items required.

Mckee brought another long-standing issue of the intersection of Lumpkin Campground Road and SR 53 before the Board. He pointed out the county has partnered with Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) to install a right-hand turn lane along the Lumpkin Campground mainline. SR 53 traffic will not be changed. Upon completion, GDOT will adjust all traffic signals. The project qualifies for SPLOST VI funds, Impact Fee funds or General Fund.

Commissioners also discussed a highway beautification project. The county has been looking for ways to landscape areas along the GA 400 Corridor that are within the GDOT right-of-way for 10 years. The project requires special encroachment permits, and a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on the long-term maintenance of this corridor. In September, the project was bid and two bids were received with a total bid cost was $116,246.85, which is $69,556.85 over the total grant amount. The project is not SPLOST VI eligible, and additional funding will have to come from another source such as the general fund. McKee asked the Board for direction on the project.

GEBCorp Regional Client Manager Ryan Reynolds presented commissioners with options for a county employee retirement plan

Planning & Development Director Jameson Kinley presented a review of the 2018 comprehensive plan.

The purpose of the plan to provide guidance for everyday decision making by local government officials and other community leaders. It represents the efforts of the government, the residents and various stakeholders by identifying the critical issues and goals for the communy. The plan has been approved by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. The Board can amend the plan at any time.

Commissioners unanimously approved a request by Kinley to add a summer intern to work on Geographic Information System issues within Planning and Development. The position is fully funded by the Association County Commissioners of Georgia.

Dawson County Fire and Emergency Services Director Danny Thompson asked for Board approval to apply for the annual Georgia Forestry Commission 50/50 grant program. The maximum allowed on this grant is $10,000.00. Thompson said the grant is needed to purchase replacement fire hoses, nozzles and scene lights. This grant will not be awarded until spring of 2019.

Commissioners unanimously approved Thompson’s request to apply for the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) Injury Prevention Program. The program is designed to provide funding to public safety agencies in Georgia. DPH provides Dawson Fire/EMS with six convertible and four high-back booster child safety seats monthly to issue to citizens. The grant requires no county match.

Senior Services Director Dawn Pruett asked the Board to approve the annual contract with Deanna Specialty Transportation, Inc. to provide specialty transportation within the county. The company reimburses the county for senior client rides.

Commissioners also discussed the following board appointments/reappointments:  Tax Assessor Board, Jim Perdue; Department of Family and Children Services Board, Nancy Stites replacing Vickie Porter; Planning Commission John Dooley Chairman, Jason Hamby, John Maloney, Tim Bennett and Neil Hornsey.

 

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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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