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Roadwork approved for Thompson Road as construction on Hwy. 9 bridge begins
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Grass grows into the cracked shoulder of Tanner Road in Dawsonville prior to the full-depth reclamation the county recently had completed. - photo by Allie Dean Dawson County News
Earlier this month Dawson County Public Works Director David McKee got the go-ahead from county commissioners to amend a contract to include rehabilitation work for Thompson Road, which connects Hwy. 9 S and Hwy. 53 W.

In May, the board awarded a contract to C.W. Matthews to conduct a full-depth reclamation of three county roads: Tanner Road, Kelly Bridge Road and Steve Tate Hwy. In that bid McKee also asked for alternate pricing for Thompson Road.

“The total cost of the alternate came in higher than the amount of dollars available in SPLOST V, so we put that portion of the project on hold,” McKee said. “We have continued to see our collections increase...what I’m asking for is to pay for that project out of SPLOST VI.”

The project will cost $925,889.20. The three original projects were awarded at an anticipated cost of $4,663,404.16.

“[Thompson Road] is in very poor condition, and at a point where we’re going to have to do some substantial work to it if we don’t move forward with this project,” McKee said.

The board voted unanimously Sept. 21 to amend the contract to allow the work to go forward.

The work on Thompson road should start next week, McKee said. Tanner Road has already been completed, work on Kelly Bridge Road is 98 percent done and Steve Tate Highway will be finished up this week.

In addition, construction work began this week on the Hwy. 9 bridge over the Etowah River.

A temporary traffic signal went in to “flash mode” on Oct. 2 for a three-day testing of the temporary signal, according to Katie Strickland, District One communications officer for the Georgia Department of Transportation. The signal will be operational on Thursday.

Strickland also said that work will begin Oct. 4, shifting traffic to one lane on Hwy. 9. Flagging operations will begin at 5 p.m. Oct. 4 and continue overnight to 6 a.m. Oct. 5.

Riverview Elementary School and Dawson County Middle School will be most directly affected by the work, which at times will have the road operating on one lane in front of the schools.

The Dawson County Board of Education released a statement Oct. 2 that drop off and pick up times for all schools have been extended during construction.

Students can now be dropped off five minutes earlier in the morning and picked up ten minutes later in the afternoon.