Engineers to discuss Ga. 316 intersection changes at open house

WINDER -- Engineers will discuss three projects that could transform Ga. Highway 316 in Barrow County.

A public open house is scheduled for 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 4 to discuss the proposed reconstruction of the intersections at Ga. Highways 81, 11 and 53 to grade-separated interchanges, officials announced.

"The plans are very preliminary. We want to include the community in the early stages of design so we can incorporate their ideas into the work," said DOT District Preconstruction Engineer Robert Mahoney. "Currently there is no funding allocated for right of way acquisition or construction of these interchanges. Please come see the concept and let us know what you think."

The conversion of Ga. 316 to interstate-quality interchanges has been discussed for years, and plans have also been drawn to convert the intersections at Collins Hill Road and Ga. Highway 20 in Gwinnett. But funding has kept the projects from moving forward.

Next week's open house will be held at Apalachee High School's cafeteria, located at 940 Haymon Morris Road.

Anyone unable to attend the public information open house may send comments on the project to Glenn Bowman, Georgia DOT, 3993 Aviation Circle, Atlanta, GA 30336. All comments will be considered in the development of the final project design and must be received by Feb. 18, a press release said.

After the open house, plans can be viewed at the Georgia DOT Area Office located at 450 Hurricane Shoals Road in Lawrenceville or at the Georgia DOT District Office located at 2505 Athens Highway in Gainesville.

The plans will also be available on the DOT Web site at www.dot.ga.gov.

To find the information, on the home page choose "Information Center" then Public Outreach" and select the project's county and choose "Go." A list of DOT projects in that county will appear and you can select the one you'd like to view.