DOT Considers Widening of SR 129/11 by Lake Lanier

Laurel Park is at the north end of Lake Lanier, off Cleveland Highway/State Route 129.
Laurel Park is at the north end of Lake Lanier, off Cleveland Highway/State Route 129.

The Georgia Department of Transportation would like your opinions on the proposed widening of State Route 11/US 129 — also known as Cleveland Highway — from Limestone Parkway to Nopone Road in Hall County.

Expanding Cleveland Highway to four lanes in northern Hall County would provide better access to Laurel Park, Little River Park and Don Carter State Park, among other benefits.

The project, if approved, would create a four-lane divided highway following the existing roadway from Limestone Parkway to Bivins Road, along with sidewalks and a raised concrete median.  Just north of Bivins Road, the proposed design leaves the existing roadway to straighten out curves and flatten hills and valleys in the existing roadway.  That new section of road would feature a depressed grassy median.

The plans would require building new bridges over the Chattahoochee River portion of Lake Lanier and over the East Fork of the Little River portion of Lake Lanier.

Open House Meeting

The DOT will host an Open House Meeting at 7 PM on Thursday, February 27, 2014 in the gymnasium of North Hall High School at 4885 Mount Vernon Rd, Gainesville.

You are invited to attend.

Georgia DOT Engineers and consultants will be available to discuss the proposal, but there will not be a formal presentation during the open house.

If you cannot attend this open house, you may send comments on the project to this address:

  • Glenn Bowman, State Environmental Administrator
  • Georgia DOT
  • 600 West Peachtree Street, 16th Floor
  • Atlanta, Georgia 30308

All comments will be considered in the development of the final project design and must be received by March 13, 2014.

After the open house meeting, plans and handouts can be viewed at the Georgia DOT Area Office located at 2594 Gillsville Highway in Gainesville.  Project information will be available at after the open house meetings.

Please Note:  The required planning, environmental, engineering, right of way, funding and construction processes involved in any major transportation project can add years to its schedule.   The Georgia DOT nonetheless is committed to improving its program and project delivery.   Concept development, preliminary engineering and right of way acquisition processes are being streamlined.  Aggressive schedules are being set and kept.  A thousand projects were completed last year. 

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Robert J. Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life in Gainesville, GA.
Robert has two adult daughters, seven practically perfect grandchildren and a zippy Kawasaki. Contact Robert at [email protected].

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