Georgia Department of Transportation officials have corrected two errors in materials provided to those who attended the informational meeting at the Civic Center last week.
The documents distributed at the meeting said that Mars Hill Road lanes could be closed from 2 to 4 p.m. on weekdays from the southern intersection of Windy Creek Drive to Hog Mountain Road.
In fact, based on the $26.3 million contract that GDOT signed with contractor G.P.’s Enterprises of Auburn, the road cannot be closed during that time because of school dismissal traffic. Closings will start after 7 p.m.
|GDOT Fences Along Mars Hill Road|
GDOT also listed incorrectly the times of allowed road closings when there are no home football games at Oconee County High School or the University of Georgia.
Lane Closures can occur beginning at 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays under those circumstances, though the originally distributed materials said closings were not allowed until 11 p.m.
School Officials Caught Error
According to the news release issued yesterday by Teri N. Pope, GDOT District One communications officer, Oconee County school officials caught the errors.
“It is ironic that the School caught our error,” the news release quotes Brent Cook, Georgia DOT District Engineer serving Oconee County, as saying. “Makes me think of a huge red pen marking my work.”
Pope and Cook were among those attending the session on Dec. 1 at the Civic Center on Hog Mountain Road.
About 100 people, including GDOT and Oconee County officials, were in the audience.
A full video of that session is available on the Oconee County Observations Vimeo site.