WASHINGTON—Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) has written to the United States Postal Service in Washington today requesting action on behalf of residents of Elberton, Ga.
Currently, the post office there is inaccessible to residents with limited mobility, but the Postal Service has declined the community’s proposal to use local resources to make the facility handicap-accessible.
“As you may recall, I wrote to you on October 3, 2017 regarding the Elberton, Georgia Post Office, after it was brought to my attention that no ramp, walkway, or elevator exists that permits traditional handicap access at that location. In that letter, I requested your assistance in reviewing the availability of proper handicap access at the Elberton facility, and I asked that the Postal Service make the necessary changes to facilitate appropriate, safe, and comfortable access to this post office for all whom it serves,” wrote Collins.
“I am deeply concerned that barriers to access at the Elberton Post Office persist a year after my office raised concerns on behalf of Elberton residents, and I encourage the Postal Service to prioritize the accessibility of its public facilities across the nation. Over the past year, my office has worked with the community of Elberton to find possible solutions to ensure that everyone can access this public facility. The City of Elberton and a number of local organizations are willing to donate the resources needed to make the physical improvements to the facility. The community would fully implement these proposed improvements in order to provide disability access without prompting potentially extensive and costly efforts associated with changes to the Post Office’s [Americans with Disabilities Act] and [Architectural Barriers Act] exemptions,” he continued.
“I believe working with community partners to make the facility more accessible to residents would be mutually beneficial. While the existing policy may be well-intentioned, I encourage you to consider the impact that it may have by preventing the post office from improving its service to the community. I respectfully request that you provide my office with the reasoning behind this policy and allow the community to make physical improvements that enhance the facility’s accessibility to customers with limited mobility. I look forward to your reply and appreciate your attention to this matter.”
Collins’ letter is available in its entirety here.
The Georgia Department of Transportation announces five projects awarded in Northeast Georgia to improve mobility.
Dawson County’s State Route 9 Bridge over the Etowah River will be replaced by a wider bridge with 8 feet paved shoulders giving room for vehicles in distress or in a crash to move out of the travel lanes. The bridge was built in 1955. A detour will not be needed during construction. A traffic signal will direct traffic across the bridge throughout construction, one lane will be open at all times. The contract completion date is September 30, 2018 for $3,878.343.10 by Southeastern Site Development Inc. of Newnan.
One contract was awarded for maintenance on two bridges. Both bridges will be painted, the driving surface will be repaired along with the beams, bearings and joints. The Elbert County SR 72 Bridge spans the Savannah River portion of Richard Russell Lake. The Hart County Bridge is the State Route 77 Spur Bridge over Cedar Creek. Work must be complete by October 31, 2016 at a cost of $3,438,887 by The L.C. Whitford Company of Alpharetta.
Three resurfacing projects totaling $6.6 million were awarded to Contractors. State Route 8/US 29/Crogan St/Winder Highway in Barrow and Gwinnett Counties from Stanley Court in Lawrenceville just into Barrow County. This 7.39 mile long project will be complete by September 30, 2016 at a cost of $2,902,175.40 by C.W. Matthews Contracting Company of Marietta.
Also in Gwinnett, State Route 13/Buford Highway from Old Peachtree/Rodgers Bridge Roads to State Route 20. This 9.3 mile long project will be complete by September 30, 2016 at a cost of $2,599,235.50 by E.R. Snell Contractor of Snellville.
White County will have State Route 75 Alternate from SR11/US 129 in Cleveland to SR 17/SR 75 in Helen resurfaced. The shoulders alongside SR 75 will be repaired improving safety by giving vehicles a recovery area at the same grade as the road if needed. This 8.1 mile long project will be done by September 30, 2016 at a cost of $1,100,614.99 by Colditz Trucking Inc. of Blairsville.
Construction start dates have not been determined yet.
GAINESVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia Department of Transportation announces Awards of $359,782 to the Northeast Georgia Region from Georgia Transportation Enhancement (GATEway) Grants. Statewide $1,346,000 was awarded to 43 Local Government Entities.
The GATEway Grant Program assists communities in their efforts to beautify roadsides along state routes. The mission of the GATEway Grant Program is to provide funding for roadside enhancement and beautification projects along Georgia’s roadsides.
- The City of Bowman in Elbert County received $40,026 for State Route 172.
- Dawson County received $46,690 for State Route 400.
- The City of Demorest in Habersham County received $26,030 State Route 365.
- The City of Duluth in Gwinnett County received $50,000 for State Route 13.
- The City of Gainesville in Hall County received $48,836 for I-985 at Exit 20.
- Gwinnett Technical College in Lawrenceville received $50,000 for State Route 316.
- Lumpkin County received $48,200 for State Route 400.
- The City of Peachtree Corners received $50,000 for State Route 141.
The awards were made from applications submitted to Georgia DOT earlier this year. Funding for the grants comes from contributory value fees paid by outdoor advertising companies to the Department for vegetation removal at outdoor advertising signs.
The Georgia DOT Roadside Enhancement and Beautification Council will review the applications. Local government entities that are awarded a grant will be reimbursed for their costs for plant material and its installation for their enhancement projects at significant entrances on Georgia DOT rights of way – up to $ 50,000.00. Funds are limited. However, if a local government entity is not awarded a grant in the first round, its application might still be eligible for a second round of awards later in the year.
GATEway Grants are funded through the Georgia DOT GATEway Program by revenues from permits for Vegetation Management at Outdoor Advertising Signs. The Program’s mission is to provide funding for roadside enhancement and assist communities in their efforts to beautify roadsides along Georgia’s state routes.
For additional information about GATEway Grants and print out applications at the GDOT GATEway Grant web site – http://www.dot.ga.gov/localgovernment/FundingPrograms/gateway/Pages/default.aspx .
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