Highway 382 extension project moves ahead
The Georgia Department of Transportation has announced that location and design approval was given on April 6 for the Highway 382 extension to Highway 515 project in southern Gilmer County. After a public information open house on March 28, local residents had 10 days from the time of the open house to submit comments.
The project would extend Highway 382 for .35 mile to reach Highway 515, and a roundabout below the present intersection of 382 with Old Highway 5 South where the new roadway will intersect with Old 5. Where 382 meets Old 5 now will become a cul-de-sac, according to a GDOT release.
Mohammed Arafa, director of communications for the state DOT, said the legal notice in today’s Times-Courier is not to be interpreted as a quick approval of the project.
“It is part of the project development project,” he said in an email. “Once we get the public input on a proposed project, we publish a legal Notice of Location and Design Approval, which simply means the project is moving forward.”
Arafa said a total of 16 comments were received from the Ellijay/Gilmer County public information open house on March 28.
“The fact is this project was first authorized in 1992,” he said. “So, it has been in the making for a long time. The public information open house was intended to solicit the public’s input. Once we received that input, we had to publish this legal notice. It is a federal requirement and part of the project development process.”
If the project goes “as planned,” the DOT will put the project out for bid around May of next year, Arafa said.