The straight cut through on Government Station Road from Hog Mountain Road to Experiment Station Road will be eliminated in the future as a result of a design change negotiated by Oconee County Board of Commissioners Chairman Melvin Davis with the University of Georgia.
The current intersection of Government Station Road with Experiment Station Road will be eliminated in favor of a redesigned intersection across from the existing Bishop Farms Parkway.
The design negotiated by Davis will involve a three-way or T intersection across from the University of Georgia’s J. Phil Campbell Sr. Research and Education Center on Government Station Road.
The timing of the change is uncertain, depending on when the state decides to let the contract for the construction.
County Public Works Director Emil Beshara told me on Tuesday evening that he still has not seen the design Davis negotiated with the University and that was prepared by consultants Moreland Altobelli Associates Inc. of Duluth.
|Beshara's Rendition Of New Design, Looking North|
Beshara did sketch out for me his rendition of the design, based on what he has been told about the agreement.
The sketch shows the original design and the new one, with the T intersection labeled as a three-way stop.
GSR stands for Government Station Road, while ESR stands for Experiment Station Road.
BFP is Bishop Farms Parkway, which leads to the Oconee County campus of the University of North Georgia.
The sketch includes the note that the existing section of Government Station Road leading to the intersection with Experiment Station Road is likely to be closed.
Right Of Way Acquisition
Late in the negotiations for right of way for the widening of Experiment Station Road the county learned of an objection to the design by the University of Georgia.
|Government Station Road Looking North At Future T|
On Nov. 3, Davis wrote to J. Griffin Doyle, vice president for government relations at the University of Georgia, and Toby Carr, associate vice president for government relations at UGA, thanking them for meeting to discuss the right of way issues.
Davis wrote that, as a result of that meeting, “we” have instructed Moreland Altobelli to redesign the roadway.
The design included the T intersection with a three-way stop.
The existing intersection of Government Station Road and Experiment Station Road will be closed, Davis said.
The redesign will eliminate the need for the University of Georgia to give up any land for the new roadway, according to Davis’s letter.
The original design took parts of two properties owned by Charles P. and Linda B. Dickens on the north side of Experiment Station Road between Government Station Road and Daniells Plantation subdivision.
Included was a single-family road built in 1910 almost immediately opposite Bishop Farms Parkway.
It also required some right of way from the university of Georgia from its farmland on Government Station Road.
The new design will take land from the two Dickens properties, including the home built in 1910, but no right of way from the University of Georgia.
Moreland Altobelli Bill
At its meeting on Nov. 1, the Board of Commissioners agreed to pay Moreland Altobelli $19,750 for the redesign work for the intersection.
Commissioner Jim Luke initially objected to the bill, saying the design work had not been authorized by the Commission.
Commissioner Mark Saxon said the Commission certainly knew the discussions were underway.
Beshara, an engineer whose Public Works Department is responsible for county roads, made it clear during those discussions that he had not been involved in the design work or the decision to ask Moreland Altobelli to redesign the road.