Construction work on Mars Hill Road is scheduled to begin next week, according to a press release issued this afternoon by the Gainesville office of the Georgia Department of Transportation.
Crews are to start delivering equipment and materials to the site at the beginning of the week, and clearing along Mars Hill Road in advance of construction will start Wednesday at State Route 316, weather permitting.
|Barber Creek Bridge To Be Replaced|
Georgia DOT and Oconee County will hold an information session on the project from 6 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 1 at the Oconee County Civic Center, 2661 Hog Mountain Road, west of Butler’s Crossing, according to the news release.
Layouts of the project will be available for review, and GDOT engineers, Oconee County Public Works staff as well as staff from G.P.’s Enterprises, contractor for the project, will make a presentation and answer questions, according to the release.
“I am excited this project is starting up,” Oconee County Board of Commissioners Chairman Melvin Davis is quoted as saying in the news release. “Long term, this project will improve traffic congestion and safety on the corridor benefitting our entire county.”
The project will widen Mars Hill Road and a section of the Oconee Connector from SR 316 to Hog Mountain Road at Butler’s Crossing.
The new road will have four 12-foot-wide lanes with a 20-foot-wide grassy median. It will also have 4-feet-wide bike lanes and 5-feet-wide sidewalks in each direction.
The existing bridge over Barber Creek, built in 1944, will be replaced with two bridges carrying two lanes of traffic in each direction.
Contract Awarded In July
GDOT awarded the $26.4 million contract to G.P.’s Enterprises Inc. of Auburn, Ga., in July.
The expected completion date for the 3.3-mile-long project is March 31, 2018.
Oconee County Public Works Director Emil Beshara told the Oconee County Citizen Advisory Committee for Land Use and Transportation Planning of the county’s intent to hold an informational meeting on the project at the Committee’s meeting in August.
The county completed right of way acquisition for the project just this week, though one prominent land owner at the corner of SR 316 and the Oconee Connector has yet to agree on the price for the acquired right of way.