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GDOT seeks public comment on intersection
Roundabout proposed at crossing of Hwys. 52 and 183
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State transportation officials will be at Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge Thursday to gage public opinion over changes proposed to the intersection of Highways 52 and 183 in western Dawson County.

The 5 to 7 p.m. open house at the lodge is intended to provide community members with an opportunity to view the project, ask questions and comment on the plan.

There will be no formal presentation.

A court reporter will be available to allow the public an opportunity to make verbal comments about the project. Written comments on the project will also be accepted through Feb. 22.

Georgia Department of Transportation announced last year plans to construct a roundabout at the Y-intersection of 183, where Elliott Family Parkway's west end connects to Hwy. 52.

As designed, each of the three legs (Hwy. 52 from the northwest, Hwy. 52 from the north and Hwy. 183 from the south) will have two 12-foot lanes and 10-foot shoulders.

The approaching legs will contain raised splitter islands for speed control. The roundabout will also have a 20-foot wide travel way, curb and gutter on the exterior, and a raised truck apron and mountable curbs on the interior of the roundabout.

Changes to the crossing are among three new roundabouts planned to be built in Dawson County.

Improvements are also in the works for the intersection of Dawson Forest Road West and Hwy. 9 South, as well as the crossing of Hwy. 53 and Elliott Family Parkway.

The proposed roundabouts are part of a bigger plan for transportation improvements in Dawson County, according to Dawson County Commission Chairman Mike Berg.

DOT has in "about the last year and a half," he said, "put a lot of emphasis" in Dawson County.

The General Assembly passed a bill last April that allocates an additional $1 billion annually to the state's transportation needs.

Sen. Steve Gooch said at the time that there are several needed road projects in Dawson County that have been overlooked for too long.

"There are some issues here in Dawson County that have been put on the back burner for years, because funding wasn't there, and I think now is a good time to readdress them," he said.