GAINESVILLE - The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) announces a planned speed limit change to the State Route 15/US 441 Loop in Jackson and Banks counties. The speed limit is being raised to 65 miles-per-hour effective Tuesday, June 17. It is now 55.<br />
"After an engineering study on the corridor, data supports the change as most drivers are driving at 65 mph or faster. Keeping traffic flowing at a consistent speed will increase safety along the corridor. We looked specifically at crash data and the geometry of the roadway. Crash data nor the curves in the route prohibited this change to the speed limit," explained Bayne Smith, District Engineer for the GDOT office in Gainesville.<br />
The change affects a 25-mile long section of the road from Newton Bridge Road in Jackson County north through Jackson and Banks counties to south of Old US 441 except within city limits and commercial areas.<br />
The Georgia NAACP and Common Cause Georgia filed a lawsuit this week against Secretary of State Brian Kemp, arguing that his office has illegally eliminated people from the state's registered voter list.
The Hall County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a 42 acre tract of land in South Hall as an agri-entertainment venue to house weddings and other gatherings at its voting session Thursday night at the Hall County Government Center.