mostlycloudy
Monday May 4th, 2015 2:21PM

GDOT apparently close to beginning right-of-way purchase for new bridge over Lanier

By Ken Stanford Reporter
GAINESVILLE - Right-of-way acquisition for a new bridge over Lake Lanier on Dawsonville Highway at the Hall-Forsyth county line should begin before next July.

The location and design for the project has been approved and state Department of Transportation spokeswoman Teri Pope says purchase of the right-of-way is scheduled "in FY 14, the current fiscal year, with an estimated cost of $510,000."

Pope added "there are seven parcels to be purchased (and) this work has not begun yet."

She says construction funds are "in FY 15 at an estimated cost of $13.5 million."

Plans call a new two-lane bridge over the Chestatee River portion of Lake Lanier.

According to the announcement that the design and location of the new bridge has been approved the current bridge "is considered structurally deficient." It goes on to say the replacement span will "consist of two 12-foot lanes with 8-foot shoulders."

The project drew mixed reviews at an information open house, hosted by GDOT in December 2011, with some people questioning the bridge width while others questioned building it at all. (See link below.)
© Copyright 2015 AccessNorthGa.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Grass fire impacts rush hour traffic on 985
Rush hour traffic on I-985 was slowed by a grass fire Wednesay afternoon with one lane closed while firefighters fought the blaze.
10:19PM ( 4 months ago )
Judge denies motions to move, delay Tsarnaev trial
Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked a federal appeals court Wednesday to overturn a judge's decision to not move his upcoming trial out of state.
10:02PM ( 4 months ago )
Sheriff: Man shot 2 on I-85 because he wanted car
A 22-year-old man shot two people who stopped to give him a ride on Interstate 85 in South Carolina on Christmas Eve because he wanted their car to drive to Georgia, a sheriff said Wednesday.
5:21PM ( 4 months ago )
Local/State News
Bicyclist reportedly killed by hit and run driver in Jackson Co.
Authorities from Jackson and surrounding counties are on the lookout for a vehicle that struck a bicyclist on Highway 53 at New Cut Road.
2:02PM ( 19 minutes ago )
Cleveland police move into new location
Cleveland Police Department is operating from its new office location at 133 W. Kytle St.
1:44PM ( 37 minutes ago )
Deal signs $900 million transportation package into law
Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a new $900 million transportation bill into law, including changes to the state's gas taxes and new fees on electric cars and hotel visits.
12:06PM ( 2 hours ago )
N. Ga. prepares for National Day of Prayer
The annual National Day of Prayer is set for Thursday, May 7 and observances have been planned in several locations in north Georgia.
11:45AM ( 2 hours ago )
Famed neurosurgeon Ben Carson announces White House campaign
DETROIT (AP) — Retired surgeon Ben Carson declared his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination Monday, resting his longshot bid on his vision of the nation as "a place of dreams" where pe...
11:33AM ( 2 hours ago )