The extended curb in the foreground, part of a larger GDOT project that brings new traffic signals and mast arms to two Jasper intersections, has made right-hand turns at this corner more difficult for larger vehicles.
Motorists in Jasper have likely noticed construction along Highway 53 Business at the intersections of Main Street and Sammy McGhee Blvd. where the Georgia Department of Transportation is installing new traffic signals and poles.
The new mast arms will eliminate overhead wires at those intersections and, according to city leaders, create a more unified and appealing aesthetic in Jasper. Although the project is an initiative of GDOT, city leaders chose to pay additional fees to upgrade the mast arms.
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GDOT responds to citizen concerns
Several RCUTs have already been installed and proven to be effective in
reducing crashes at the intersections
Work is still underway at the Highway 515/Antioch Road intersection, but should be wrapping up soon.
Changes to Highway 515 at Antioch Church Road are 90 percent complete. The Georgia Department of Transportation anticipates the project will significantly reduce the number of crashes at that intersection.
The state-funded project will bring an RCUT (also called a “U-Turn,” or “J-Turn) to the intersection. The design will change how traffic from a minor roadway (in this case Antioch Church Road) crosses a major highway (Highway 515). Antioch Road traffic will have to make a right-hand turn on the highway and use a U-turn located further down the highway to fully cross the
L to R: Tony Young, asst. superintendent; Rick Jasperse, state representative; Dr. Carlton Wilson, superintendent; Jennifer Halko, principal; Sonia Chapman, Ag Ed teacher; Tucker Green, board chairman; Donna Enis, board member; Tim Baisden, director of CTAE; Angela Kretschmar, assistant principal.
By Destini Shope
Director of Community Engagement
Pickens County Schools
Several members of the community, local dignitaries, Mrs. Phelps’ second grade students, kindergarten teachers and students, along with school and district leaders, gathered at the revived gazebo in the outdoor agriculture area of Hill City Elementary to kick-off the pilot agriculture program. The program at Hill City is one of 20 across the state. This year’s kindergarten students are the first to have agriculture education offered from their kindergarten through 12th grade school career.
Actors (L to R) Keith Galligan, Andy Kippenhan, and Eric Reinhardt preparing for the upcoming production of “Art” at The Conservancy. This popular comedy attempts to answer the question, “What is art?” Buy tickets at www.cherokeetheatre.org or at the door. Art runs Friday, Aug. 16 and Saturday, Aug. 17, & Friday, Aug. 23 and Saturday, Aug. 24. All shows are at 8 p.m.
How much would you pay for a white painting? Does it matter who the painter is? Would it be art?
Those are the questions that frame Yasmina Reza’s comedy Art, which the new Pickens-based theatre troupe The Gaslight Players will open this week in downtown Jasper.
The French play debuted in Paris 25 years ago and has since been translated and performed around the world including on Broadway. It also won a Tony for best new play.
Art, which offers hilarious commentary on modern art, opens with an exchange between Marc (played by Keith Galligan) and Serge (played by Eric Reinhardt), the latter of whom has just purchased an all-white painting for 200,000 francs from an
Newly paved and stabilized section of Jones Mountian Road that collapsed ealier this year.
By Tucker Green
Pickens County Government
Notice: The Jones Mountain Road stabilization project is now complete and both lanes are open to traffic. GSI (contractors) and EXP Services Inc. (project engineers) completed the project and final inspections have been approved. This project, which was caused by a natural disaster landslide earlier in the year, was declared a local emergency by the board of commissioners. The declaration allowed the county to receive emergency grants from the state to minimize the burdens on local taxpayers.