Henry Grady will be detour when Toto Creek bridge is closed

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – During its voting session Thursday (Aug. 15), Dawson County Commissioners will vote on making Henry Grady Highway the detour route when the SR 136 bridge at Toto Creek is closed. The meeting begins at 6 p.m in the Dawson County Government Center.

The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) has designated the bridge as functionally obsolete. The closure of the roadway during construction will require all traffic to be detoured during the 8-to-12 months it will take to construct the new bridge.

Commissioners are also expected to vote on making changes to the Dawson County Transit testing policy to meet Federal Transportation Agency/GDOT regulations. When the changes are adopted, commissioners will also have to vote on an updated Title VI Plan.

There are a pair of rezoning requests on Thursday’s agenda.

Michael Reuter requests the rezoning of 11.29 acres at 244 Norma Road from Residential Agriculture to Commercial Industrial Restricted and Dan Mueller on behalf of BTD has requested rezoning 33.52 acres at Lumpkin Campground road from Residential Agriculture to Commercial Industrial Restricted.

Commissioners will vote on an amendment to Chapter 22 of the Dawson County Fire Safety & Prevention Ordinance. This ordinance was incorporated as Chapter 22 of the Dawson County Code of Ordinances, and its intended purpose was to address fire safety and prevention concerns;

 Commissioners will also vote on appointing Danny Thompson to the EMS Advisory Council, replacing Lanier Swafford and either County Manager David Headley or Betsy McGriff to the Georgia Mountains Regional Commission.

 

 

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Contracts awarded by GDOT include funding for Dawson County

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. —  Georgia Department of Transportation awarded contracts for 10 construction projects in June, including the widening of Hulsey Road in Dawson County. The total cost of the contracts was just over $28 million.

The largest project awarded was for the third phase of the Cleveland Bypass in White County. That widening project represents an $11 million investment in White County. It was awarded to CMES, Inc.

GDOT also awarded the contract for a long-awaited widening of Hulsey Road. The project will start at the intersection of State Route 11/US129 and end at the intersection with State Route 75. Hulsey Road will be widened to 4-lanes with a center turn lane. This project is estimated to be complete 510 days from start date.

State Route 53 in Dawson and Forsyth counties, will be resurfaced from State Route 183 and extending south of Chestatee Height Road. C.W. Matthews Contracting Co. Inc. will be doing the work which has an estimated completion of December 15, 2020.

 

 

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Paving of Hwy. 183 underway in Dawson County

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DAWSONVILLE, GA. – Georgia Department of Transportation construction partners will start paving on State Route 183 at the intersection of State Route 52 in Dawson County, Monday, June 24 and will continue through Friday, June 28.

Paving will occur during the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Flagging will be done during this time to allow traffic to pass through safely. Travelers should expect short delays during these dates and times.

After paving is complete the required striping and signage will be installed and then on July 1, 2019 traffic will be shifted and the intersection will operate as a roundabout.

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New roundabout will be in operation July 1

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DAWSONVILLE, GA. – Georgia Department of Transportation construction partners will start paving on State Route 183 at the intersection of State Route 52 in Dawson County, Monday, June 24 and will continue through Friday, June 28.

Paving will occur during the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Flagging will be done during this time to allow traffic to pass through safely. Travelers should expect short delays during these dates and times.

After paving is complete the required striping and signage will be installed and then on July 1, 2019 traffic will be shifted and the intersection will operate as a roundabout.

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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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