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7-27-08 Oconee Rep Bob Smith needs to help fund improvements to U S 441 South and GA 15

when one considers the years of neglect of US 441 between Watkinsville and Madison, a project in the works for 15 years or more!....................... During these years, we have had a Republican Governor (Perdue) and a Republican General Assembly. Maybe it would help if Developers Tom Little, .. et al would buy some property along these important corridors!!!! .

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July 26, 2008

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Oconee Rep Bob Smith needs to help fund improvements to U S 441 South and GA 15

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By Wendell Dawson, Editor, AVOC, Inc

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Rep Bob Smith needs to look to the South for progress on long awaited GA DOT Projects (U S 441 South and GA 15)

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Recently, during the election cycle, press reports “announced” two big projects in Oconee County (Mars Hill Widening and Oconee Connector-Jennings Mill Parkway) and credited Rep Bob Smith and Oconee County Chairman Melvin Davis with “getting” these projects.   First, I want to say that I support these projects and am glad that something may happen on the ground after so many years of engineering and planning going back to the 1990’s.    I am not inclined to credit Messrs Smith and Davis for “getting” the projects.   7-24-08 Oconee GA DOT Projects (Mars Hill and Oconee Connector) results of efforts of many folks besides Melvin Davis and Bob Smith

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The Press Puffery of Smith and Davis is particularly irritating when one considers the years of neglect of US 441 between Watkinsville and Madison, a project in the works for 15 years or more!   The lack of progress is even more glaring when one realizes that Bob Smith has represented Oconee and Morgan County for a number of those years.   U S 441 has been widened North of Athens (Also US 129) and in the North GA Mountains, and south of the Madison Area.

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While U S 441 has dragged, the same can be said about widening and straightening GA Hwy 15 in Oconee and Greene Counties—though Greene has made more progress than Oconee with passing and turn lanes.   Points south have also been improved over the years.   Oconee County still has a two lane section of road that is curvy and dangerous.   It also dumps traffic in Watkinsville without the connection to US 441 By Pass – this project was in the “works” in the mid-nineties!

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At the same time, little has been done on the upgrade of GA 316, University Parkway, except talk, including Bob Smith’s high profile opposition to GA 316 Tolls.It will be interesting to watch the actual progress of Mars Hill Widening and Oconee Connector-Jennings Mill Parkway as Election Fever subsides!

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During these years, we have had a Republican Governor (Perdue) and a Republican General Assembly.   Maybe it would help if Developers Tom Little, Starke Hudson et al would buy some property along these important corridors!!!!


For several year history of attempts to widen U S 441 South, SEE:

Review of Oconee Transportation Priorities - U S 441 etc.pdf x

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U S 441 North of Athens has been widened in recent years as well as US 129

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U S 441 South of Madison (Dublin area 06) has been improved and widened in recent years

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U S 441 north of Athens Area (Habersham County Bridge) has been widened in recent years

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9-10-04 U S 441 Corridor is Important to Northeast Georgia

8-16-05 - GA DOT Holds Pubic Information Session on Widening US 441 in Oconee & Morgan

9-5-03 Governor Unveils $24 Million Highway Bond Projects--LITTLE IN NORTHEAST GA!

9-9-03 Perdue Announces More Transportation Projects- None in Metro-Athens

2-6-04 Rep. Bob Smith Conducts Poll on GA 316 Tolls

2-22-04 Oconee - Jennings Mill Parkway - No Funding In MACORTS Plan

3-18-04 GA 316 Will Not Magically Improve Itself - Somebody Has to Pay For It!


9-9-03 Perdue Announces More Transportation Projects- None in Metro-Athens

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AVOC

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September 9. 2003

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Perdue Announces More Transportation Projects- None in Metro-Athens

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Wendell Dawson, Editor, AVOC, Inc.

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This list includes State Route 17 in Franklin County.This is an important north-south corridor for east-northern GA.   The list still leaves out Athens-Clarke, Barrow, Jackson, Oconee, Walton and other area counties: including U S 441 through Oconee, Morgan and Putnam Counties.GA SR 15 in Oconee and Greene is not included.

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Again, the political strength of Metro-Atlanta and Rural South Georgia is very obvious.The counties near the S C line are ably represented by Representatives Tom McCall of Elberton and Jeannette Jamieson of Toccoa who represents Franklin County.  Senator Ralph Hudgens of Madison County represents Franklin also.

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We are glad for SR 17 but hope we can eventually get some funding from Perdue for GA 316 and U S 441.These are important corridors too.


9-5-03 Governor Unveils $ 324 Million Highway Bond Projects--LITTLE IN NORTHEAST GA!

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4-24-03 - U S 441 Loss- Max Lockwood Will not Seek Reelection as Mayor

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09/30/02 - TWO MORE DEATHS ON U S 441 SOUTH IN OCONEE NEAR MORGAN LINE


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