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Georgia DOT Contracts Awarded for Senate District 51

The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) awarded approximately $8.6 million for road projects in Senate District 51 as part of a $54 million statewide construction and maintenance upgrade. Projects for Senate District 51 were announced as part of the 2016 November and December awards.

“Maintenance and upgrades for existing roads continue to be a critical issue for our local communities,” said Senator Steve Gooch(R – Dahlonega). “I commend GDOT for acknowledging the needs within our community and awarding projects to Senate District 51. These projects will increase safety, decrease congestion and ensure that existing infrastructure needs are met.”

Dawson County was awarded a project totaling around $3.8 million. This funding will go toward construction of a roundabout on State Route 53 at State Route 183. The anticipated completion date for this project is May 31, 2018.

A project totaling around $4.5 million was awarded to address approximately 53 miles of plant mix resurfacing and surface treatment paving at five locations across Fannin and Pickens Counties. These upgrades will be completed by November 30, 2017. Along with this award, Pickens County was awarded an additional project totaling $292,243. This project will increase safety throughout the county by funding signing and pavement marking upgrades at railroad crossing location throughout the county. The anticipated completion date for these projects is May 31, 2018.

Information on schedules, lane closures and detours will be made available on the Georgia DOT Website in advance of construction activities.

Details on all projects awarded can be found through the Award Announcement Downloads link at Click on Award Announcement on the right.

Resurfacing to Begin Soon on Highway 60 in Hall and Lumpkin

Work could begin soon on resurfacing State Route (SR) 60 in Hall and Lumpkin counties. Georgia DOT has recently awarded a contract to C.W. Matthews Co. Inc. of Marietta, Georgia, valued at over three million dollars for a construction project to resurface a 10-mile portion of the highway. The project includes 10.278 miles of milling, plant mix resurfacing, and shoulder rehabilitation on SR 60, beginning north of Lodge Drive in Hall County and extending to SR 9 in Lumpkin County. This section of SR 60 needs resurfacing because the existing pavement has been deteriorating.

This construction project is scheduled to be completed by the end of February 2017, at a construction cost of $3,016,382.   Information on construction and lane closure schedules on this project will be forthcoming before work begins.

More details on this and other projects in the Department’s most recent bid awards are available via Award Announcement Download at:

In their 2015 legislative session, Georgia lawmakers addressed the state’s critical transportation infrastructure needs with passage of House Bill 170, Georgia’s transportation funding bill. Transportation Funding Act (TFA) of 2015 is expected to generate an estimated $870 million in the first fiscal year. This sustained annual revenue will be used to fund much-needed routine maintenance and capital improvements.

It’s The Journey, Inc. Awards Nearly $45K to Northside Hospital Breast Cancer Program

Northside Hospital Cancer Institute, receive a 2016 It’s The Journey grant
(l-r) Astrid Wilkie-Mckellar, community outreach coordinator; Adriana Andrade, community health advocate; and Dale Israel, disparities outreach coordinator, all of the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute, receive a 2016 It’s The Journey grant from Laurel Sybilrud, chairman of the organization’s grants committee.

In 2015, approximately 776 underinsured women received breast cancer screening and diagnostic services through the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute.  Five breast cancers were detected.

More cases of breast cancer are diagnosed and treated at the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute than at any other community hospital in the Southeast.  Early detection of breast cancer saves the lives of thousands of women each year.  However, medically underserved and uninsured women often lack access to care.

On Monday evening, March 7, It’s The Journey, Inc. awarded grants totaling $821,661 to 28 breast cancer programs across Georgia to help them reduce barriers to breast care.  Just over $44,900 of that total went to Northside Hospital to allow the hospital to continue to provide funding for screening mammograms and other breast diagnostic procedures such as ultrasounds, biopsies and more for women who cannot afford them.

“Northside Hospital is so grateful and fortunate to, once again, have the generous support of It’s The Journey,” said Patti Owen, director of the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute.  “Their commitment to our patients has been continuous and their financial support of Northside’s Breast Care Program has allowed us to screen more women for breast disease and educate them about the importance of early detection.”

It’s The Journey, producer of the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer, provides grants annually for Georgia programs that focus on breast cancer screening, diagnostics, genetic counseling and testing, and research.  The funds for these grants were raised during the 2015 Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer by over 1000 walkers and tens of thousands of donors.

“We are proud to facilitate the increased reach of these incredibly impactful breast health organizations,” said Kimberly Goff, executive director of It’s The Journey.  “Their efforts extend across the entire state, reaching over 16,000 Georgians in need of breast health services in nearly 90 counties.  We are particularly proud of our partnership with Northside Hospital, which will benefit citizens in Dawson, Hall, Lumpkin, and Pickens counties.”

This program will provide no cost screening mammography and diagnostic services to financially eligible women, particularly those that are uninsured. Services are provided at any of Northside’s 16 imaging centers or 21 mobile mammography sites.

Of the grant money awarded to Northside, $5,000 was a special award given by one of the 2015 Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer’s highest fundraising teams, Circle of Friends.  Circle of Friends raised more than $53,740 for the event.

When asked why they chose Northside Hospital, Team Captain and Dahlonega resident Diane Turner said, “Our Circle of Friends team is honored to be able to give back to the communities that have faithfully supported us year after year.  These folks have given generously at every team fundraiser that we have had over the years including cow patty bingo games, wine tastings, motorcycle poker runs, concerts, golf tournaments, and live auctions.  Most of our longtime teammates have deep roots in Dawson, Lumpkin and Hall counties, so we are thrilled that our special grant will go to fund mammograms in those counties.”

For a more detailed listing of all 2016 It’s The Journey grant recipients including a brief description of their programs, visit

To learn more about receiving services through the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute’s breast cancer screenings grants, call 770-667-4400.  Applicants must meet eligibility requirements.  Services are available at select Northside locations, as well as aboard Northside’s ScreenAtlanta mobile-mammography unit.  Interpretation services are available upon request.

For more information about supporting patients at Northside Hospital, visit