Georgia DOT Awards Second Continuous Flow Intersection and Safety Projects in North Georgia

GAINESVILLE, Ga., —The Georgia Department of Transportation (Georgia DOT) has awarded 24 contracts for statewide transportation projects totaling $85,421,677. These projects were advertised in May, bids were received on June 16, and contracts were awarded on June 30 to the lowest qualified bidder.

This month the Department addresses off-system safety with 16 awards for signing and pavement marking upgrades at over 475 locations on local roads in communities throughout Georgia. The $7 million in funds associated with these awards are part of Georgia DOT’s FY 2017 Off-System Safety (OSS) Program, which focuses on low-cost safety improvements that are likely to reduce the frequency and severity of crashes on “off-system” city and county routes.

“Fatalities on Georgia’s roads are up 33 percent in the last two years and over a third occur on local roads,” Georgia DOT Commissioner Russell R. McMurry, P.E. said. “Reducing these fatalities requires a continued investment in safety enhancements. I am pleased that GDOT can assist local governments with funding for these critical projects through our Off-System Safety Program.”

An innovative continuous flow intersection (CFI)—Georgia’s second— is coming to Gwinnett County with intersection improvements on US 78/SR 10 at SR 124. The project will convert the existing signalized intersection to allow drivers to make left turns before the two roads cross. Relocating the left turn movement from the center of the intersection to the side reduces the potential for angle type crashes. In addition to reducing the frequency and severity of crashes, the CFI is expected to provide congestion relief and reduce travel delay.

The innovative CFI design saves taxpayer dollars and the capacity of this type of intersection rivals a full interstate-style interchange. The CFI also has a limited impact, as there are no ramps or overpasses constructed. Other CFIs are in development across Georgia.

The following projects centered around safety were also awarded to the northeast district.

  • Hall: Off-system signing and pavement marking upgrades at 7 locations.
  • Lumpkin: 4.88 miles of signing, pavement marking upgrades and shoulder rehabilitation on Old Dahlonega Hwy and Camp Wahsega Rd.

Elbert: Off-system signing and pavement marking upgrades at 32 locations.

Chalis Montgomery Launches Bid for Georgia’s 10th Congressional District

Today, Democrat Chalis Montgomery is announcing her bid to represent Georgia’s 10th Congressional District. Her run for congress is motivated by her faith and her commitment to democracy. Montgomery plans to put American values over partisan division and will fight for the dignity and opportunity that everyone deserves.

Montgomery, 39, is stepping up to challenge incumbent Republican Jody Hice, who has failed to fight for the needs of Georgia families and small business owners. Montgomery has lived in Bethlehem with her husband for 15 years and has a daughter who is directly affected by the healthcare debate.

Democrat Chalis Montgomery running for Georgia's 10th Congressional District

Through her work as an educator and children’s minister, Montgomery has seen the effects of bad public policy and has a clear vision for addressing the needs of her community.  As an entrepreneur, she has witnessed firsthand the difficulties faced by the business community, and believes that much more could be done to spur growth on Main Street. Montgomery recognizes the deep divisions in the district and is committed to being accessible to all citizens, not only those of her party, in meaningful and consistent ways.

By contrast, Hice has been inaccessible to residents of the 10th district, failing to hold a sufficient number of open town halls and other events, and has been an advocate for an alienating ideology rather than definitive ideas. Promoting a partisan agenda over the priorities and concerns of Georgia’s citizens has limited the region’s potential for too long.

Regarding the campaign, Montgomery released the following statement:

“I never thought I’d be a candidate for public office, but after hearing the stories of so many 10th district residents, from Athens, Winder, Milledgeville and Dacula, I realized that Jody Hice is failing families, just like he failed mine. My daughter Gwen has juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, a pre-existing condition, and Congressman Hice is supporting an approach to healthcare that would be devastating to children like her, along with our seniors.   

My husband is a public-school teacher and has seen first-hand the challenges our students and teachers are facing in Georgia. Congressman Hice’s only solution to solving this crisis is to eliminate federal funding for education. It’s time for accessible and transparent leadership that works for every voice, and a Congress that supports our God-given rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  

After praying with my family about launching this campaign, I have decided that the time is now to be directly involved in facing our nation’s challenges. 

I look forward to sharing my platform, which includes universal healthcare, better wages, a pro-growth business environment, renewed commitment to our civil rights, immigration and criminal justice reform, national security, fully-funded education, access to college and vocational training for all, and strong communities which are able to fully exercise their voting rights.

In the coming weeks, I will be listening to voters and finding out what they want to see from their representative in Congress, and how I can help. I’m grateful for all the support I’ve received so far, and hope you’ll join me on this journey to bring new leadership to the 10th District.”

You can learn more about Chalis Montgomery and her campaign, by visiting, where donations can be made via ActBlue. You can also connect with her via Twitter and Facebook.

Highland Rivers Health Governing Board Elects Officers for 2018 Fiscal Year

DALTON, Georgia – July 18, 2017 – Chantel Adams, founder and CEO of Forever We, Inc., was elected chair of the Highland Rivers Health governing board at the board’s regular meeting in June. Her one-year term as chair began July 1, the start of the agency’s 2018 fiscal year.

Chantel Adams
Chantel Adams

Adams, who is the Cherokee County representative on the agency’s board, has served as vice chair for the past two years. A child health advocate, the company Adams founded developed specialized dolls for children with cancer, which can also be provided to the child’s friends, classmates and family members, all at no cost to the recipients.

Other officers elected for FY18 include Cedartown City Manager and Polk County representative Bill Fann as vice chair; Gordon County board member Cindy Cochran, director and family advocate at the Family Resource Center of Gordon County, as secretary, for a second year; and Polk County board member Jonathan Blackmon, chief deputy of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, as treasurer, also for a second year.

“Part of the reason Highland Rivers Health continues to thrive is that we have an outstanding governing board that is active, supportive and takes its governing role very seriously,” said Highland Rivers CEO Melanie Dallas. “Having Ms. Adams and Mr. Fann – who have both served on our board for many years – elected to the top two positions will continue the standards of accountability and excellence that were the hallmark of the chairmanship of Judge Allen Wigington during the past two years.”

Highland Rivers’ governing board includes a representative from every county in the agency’s 12-county service area (with two representatives from both Floyd and Polk counties) who are appointed by each county’s board of commissioners. The board has four officers (chair, vice chair, secretary and treasurer) who are selected by board members, and two standing committees: corporate compliance and finance. Members serve three-year terms and terms are staggered to ensure continuity of governance.

The board includes several individuals who have family members with mental illness, addictive disease or developmental disabilities, and includes representatives from the judicial system, family services, private industry, law enforcement, local government and healthcare, among others.

The Highland Rivers governing board meets every other month, six times each year. All board meetings are open to the public and are announced in advance.

FY18 Highland Rivers Health governing board meeting schedule:
All FY2018 meetings will be held at Highland Rivers’ ROC Clubhouse, 1 Goodyear Ave., Cartersville, beginning at 10:30 a.m. The finance and compliance committees meet at 9:30 a.m., prior to the full board meeting.
• August 23, 2017
• October 25, 2017
• December 13, 2017
• February 28, 2018
• April 25, 2017
• June 27, 2017