“This is the way roads should be built!” Lieutenant Governor Cagle

Winder, Ga. – Today’s Ribbon Cutting Celebration praised the partnership of City of Winder, GP’s Enterprises and Georgia DOT.

Mayor David Maynard hosted the ceremony proudly focusing on the work of previous City Leaders Bob Beck, Mayor Buddy Ouzts and Mayor Chip Thompson. “This project started as a vision almost ten years ago. Today we celebrate the foresight and hard work of those who came before us.  I am especially proud that local businesses were utilized for the project. The contractor is a local business from Auburn, GP’s Enterprises and Foley Products of Winder made the precast concrete panels that are now North Broad Street.”

Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle praised the changes to Downtown Winder as featured guest at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. “Today we applaud the use of innovative road building techniques that allowed improvements while minimizing the impacts to Downtown. Because of the concrete panels used, this road is going to last longer than I am going to last. That’s the type of road infrastructure we need to be putting down, the way roads should be built! In addition to that it looks absolutely beautiful and will bring economic development and business transactions to Downtown Winder.”

Representing Barrow County and the 10th Congressional District on the State Transportation Board, Jamie Boswell said “Even through a record breaking cold and wet winter this project is finished more than two months ahead of the contract completion date. That can only be done by a good contractor, G.P.’s Enterprises. Through this project in Winder, we’ve shown the benefits and importance of a partnership mentality as Georgia DOT works together with Local Leaders.”

This 0.72 mile long project awarded to G.P.’s Enterprises of Statham for $4,949,306.21 with a completion date of July 31, 2014. The project will rebuild SR 11/Broad Street from the ground up, creating a stronger driving surface that will last decades. Enhancement work includes new sidewalks, curb and gutter, benches, lighting and landscaping.

 The Georgia Department of Transportation provides a safe, connected and environmentally sensitive transportation system that enhances Georgia’s economic competitiveness by working efficiently and communicating effectively to create strong partnerships.  For more information on Georgia DOT, please visit www.dot.ga.gov or subscribe to our Press Release RSS feed.  You may follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/GDOTNE ) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/GDOTNE).Downtown Winder Ribbon Cutting

SR 284 Summer Detour

No through traffic will be allowed on State Route 284/Clarks Bridge Road at the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue in Gainesville May 27-July 26, 2014.

WHAT: SR 284 will be closed to traffic for construction of a pedestrian tunnel under SR 284. The grade of SR 284 must be raised by 3 feet to ac-commodate the new concrete tunnel. The tunnel is 10 feet wide, 8 feet high and 63.12 feet long. Traffic cannot continue to flow in as crews change the grade of the roadway by three feet and build the pedestrian tunnel under SR 284.

WHEN: Beginning Tuesday, May 27 for a maximum of 60 days, opening by July 26.

WHERE: Southbound SR 284 (from Clermont) will be completely closed to all traffic before the Olympic Venue driveways. The SR 284 Bridge will remain open to traffic. Northbound SR 284 (from Gainesville) can access the Olympic Venue driveways. Traffic will not be able to use SR 284 in the new tunnel location.

SR 284 Summer Detour
SR 284 Summer Detour

No access will be available to the parking area or boat ramps from SR 284 southbound from Clermont.

WHY: DETOUR ROUTE: SR 284 to SR 11/US 129 to SR 52 to SR 284

Major Improvements in the Works for Gilmer Airport

ELLIJAY, Ga. – The Georgia Department of Transportation is paving the way for major improvements at Gilmer County Airport. Georgia DOT recently issued a notice to Gilmer County to proceed with the first phase of a project to improve the runway safety area with an Airport Aid Program grant amounting to nearly $800,000.

The grant covers work on clearing, grading, removing obstructions, placing embankment, and improving the runway safety area of the Gilmer County Airport.  This is Phase 1 of a 4-phase project to improve the Gilmer County Airport.

“The Georgia DOT and those involved in this project in Gilmer County should be congratulated,” Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives David Ralston said. “This project and others like it are the cornerstones of success on which this county’s future rests.” Ralston who represents the 7th District, including Gilmer County, has been instrumental in gaining approval for this project and moving it forward.

“It is a great feeling to see this airport improvement project move forward,” Emily Dunn, state Transportation Board member said. “I can’t wait to see what else lies ahead for Gilmer County.” Dunn who represents Georgia’s 9th Congressional District, including Gilmer County, also played a key role in the development and approval of this project.

Funds for this project come from a grant from the Federal Airport Improvement Program (90%) and the Georgia Airport Aid Program (5%); the remaining funds are contributed by Gilmer County.  The Georgia Airport Aid Program (GAAP) is designed to provide financial assistance to communities in accomplishing capital improvement, airfield maintenance, and approach aid projects. Capital improvement projects include new, extension or widening of a runway, taxiway, or aircraft parking apron. Maintenance projects include resurfacing or reconstruction of runways, taxiways, and aprons, repair of lighting systems and approach aids, and sealing of joints and cracks on airfield pavements. Approach aid projects include the purchase and installation of glide slopes, localizers, visual guidance, and automated weather reporting equipment. GAAP is part of the Georgia DOT Aviation programs that are intended to assure a safe, adequate and well maintained system of airports in support of economic development; to promote and encourage the use of aviation facilities and to foster safe operating conditions at these facilities.