Construction to Begin Soon on State Route 382 Extension in Gilmer County

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, June 4, 2019
On Time, on budget: Road Improvements Continue
Construction to Begin Soon on State Route 382 Extension in Gilmer County

ELLIJAY, Ga. – Work could begin soon on improving and extending State Route (SR) 382 in Gilmer County. Georgia DOT has just awarded a contract to C.W. Matthews Contracting CO, Inc. of Marietta, Georgia, valued at over seven million dollars for a project to widen and extend the highway.

The project will extend SR 382 from Old Highway 5 to SR 515 on new location for 0.35 mile. The proposed SR 382 would begin on new location just west of SR 515. A roundabout would be installed where the new roadway crosses SR 515, just south of the existing intersection of SR 382 and SR 515 and the new roadway would then extend in an easterly direction until it connects to SR 515. The SR 382 remnant would be closed and would become a cul-de-sac. The typical section will consist of two 12-foot travel lanes with 10-foot shoulders. There will also be two 6.5-foot paved bike lanes designed within the 10-foot shoulders to accommodate bike traffic. The total project length is approximately 0.822 mil.

“Upon completion, this project will improve the flow of traffic in the area, make it safer and help the public get where they need to go in Gilmer County,” said Grant Waldrop, district engineer at the Georgia DOT office in White.    

This reconstruction project is scheduled to be completed by the end of May 2021 at a construction cost of $7,452,228. Information on construction and lane closure schedules on this project will be forthcoming before work begins.

More details on this and other projects in the Department’s most recent bid awards are available via the Award Announcement Download at:

The public is urged to “know before you go.” For real-time information on active construction, incidents and more, call 511 or visit before you get into your car.

Roadway work zones are hazardous for workers and for the public. In fact, most fatalities in work zones crashes are drivers or passengers. Obey the rules in work zones – Pay Attention – Slow Down – Watch for Workers.  And always, expect the unexpected. It can make the difference between life and death. Remember – work zone safety is in your hands.

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Ellijay accepts two roads to maintenance system


ELLIJAY, Ga. – Updates to the project on Victory Circle came in Ellijay’s December Council Meeting.

The project, officially named the Victory Christian Center, requested the city take a new road into its maintenance system. The road will connect Victory Circle, behind the old Blue Ridge Carpet Mill, to Progress Road. This new connection will become the main entrance to the facility, and one of three access points, as Victory Christian continues plans to add another entrance on Maddox Drive near the city limits sign, to decrease traffic stress at the four-way stop of Progress Road and Maddox Drive. Following the back side of the old carpet mill, the road will connect from the first curve on Victory Circle.

The project, according to Randy Durden from the North Georgia Christian Foundation, will be paid for by combining donations, including property from the neighboring PDQ Manufacturing and Waterwheel and money from the Victory Christian Center for construction of the road pending the council’s agreement to accept the road for maintenance. The official approval came as a motion for agreement in principal that the city would accept the road contingent upon it being built to Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) specifications with 60-foot right-of-ways and Ellijay City requirements.

However, this was not the only addition to the city’s road systems. The council officially approved accepting 1.6 miles of state Route 382 into the city street system.

After consideration in November, the council further investigated and attained confirmation that the state would repave the road. According to Ellijay Mayor Al Hoyle, the Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner assured him they would resurface the road and make sure everything is in good shape, including striping and guard rails.

Along with the accepting of the state road, the council separately approved accepting the Lighting Agreement. The new roundabout being built at the intersection of Highway 382 and Old Highway 5 will have street lights for the roundabout for which the city is agreeing to pay the lighting bill.

Ellijay City Councilman David Westmoreland requested consultation from Ellijay City Police Chief Edward Lacey if there would be a negative consequence. Lacey suggested he could not see anything negative stating, “It is contiguous with our current city system of roads.”

Lacey was also requested to speak on a second item, a request for speed bumps on Gilmer Street near the senior center. The council asked last month for Lacey to investigate and speak at this meeting. Officially recommending the street return to a one-way street as it has been in the past, Lacey suggested do not enter signs to prevent traffic from traveling toward Delaware Street. The council did not grant the speed bump request for the street, but instead went with Lacey’s recommendation to make it one way. This means traffic on Gilmer Street must flow toward Broad Street and toward the courthouse.

Cartecay Vineyards is moving downtown with approval for Cartecay Wine and Craft Pub at 19 South Main Street in Ellijay for a wine tasting room.

After an executive session, Ellijay’s city council approved three members to the Downtown Development Authority (DDA). With four openings and only three filled, the city is still looking to fill another position on the authority board. Those three approved were Josh Quigley, Mark Luchauer and Joshua Moyer.


Another Fire Erupts in Leeches Area


Late Sunday, the Gilmer County Public Safety Department reported they were fighting a fire that had broken out in the woods near Highway 382 in the Leeches and Log Round Mountain area.

Gilmer Public Safety Photos

Gilmer Public Safety Photos

The emergency services of Gilmer Fire were aided by the Georgia Forestry Service to quickly respond to the fast-moving wildfire, moving to contain and extinguish the fire.

While Gilmer has gotten the fire under control and containment with no reported injuries or property damage as of Monday at 7:00am, an initial estimate of at least 50 acres have been burned.

This is one more example of the current state of North Georgia suffering in the current drought. Gilmer Public Safety Director Tony Pritchett once again urged citizens to respect the current Fire Ban and avoid burning anything outdoors in order to aid the services as they continue to fight these blazes. Even considering the recent and coming rain, the Burn Ban will remain until substantial rain can remove us from the conditions

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