Community demands turning lane on Highway 76

Towns County Courthouse

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Towns County Commissioner Cliff Bradshaw has met with the Department of Transportation (DOT) on several occasions, and continues to press for a center-turning lane on Highway 76 West, in the vicinity of Papa’s Pizza.

“We want a center-turning lane. It’s very dangerous leaving Hiawassee, going in that direction,” Bradshaw says, “If you want to take a left-hand turn to get into Papa’s Pizza, or several other places, you’re constantly looking in your rear-view mirror, afraid you’re going to get hit. It’s very dangerous.”

While the DOT agrees, additional research is necessary to compute the logistics.

With Lake Chatuge bordering Highway 76 on one side, and steep embankments on the other, the solution is not simple. It may be possible to create limited turning-lanes in some portions rather than a continuous stretch, however.

“I said you’re going to have to stay on top of this. The community is demanding this,” Bradshaw continued, “I will not let it die. I’m going to stay on top of it.”

Commissioner Bradshaw has also asked the DOT for a turn signal at the intersection of Highway 76, in front of McDonald’s, turning left onto Bell Creek Road. While traffic was light on the day Bradshaw last met with DOT, the commissioner insisted on the necessity.

“We’re a little bit different here. Our population changes in the good weather and summer months, so they can’t go on what’s there right now,” Bradshaw explained, going onto say that the DOT understands, and believes the department will conduct proper studies.

The commissioner states that he has also requested a sign near Shake Rag Road on Highway 76 East to indicate the location of Bell Mountain.

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Georgia DOT In Northwest Georgia Is Hiring, Holds Job Fair In Carrollton


CARROLLTON–  GDOT moves Georgia! It can help set your career in motion too! If you are looking for an exciting, challenging, and professional transportation career, join Georgia DOT job fair in Carrollton Georgia.

The Georgia DOT Northwest Georgia (District 6) Office will host a job fair from 9 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, February 20 at the Carrollton Goodwill Career Center, located at 1301-D South Park Street, Carrollton, Georgia 30117. The District Office plans to hire entry-level maintenance professionals.

All applicants must be at least 18 years old, with a high school diploma or a GED, and a have a valid Class C driver’s license.

“The Georgia DOT District Office in Cartersville serves 17 counties in northwest Georgia. We maintain five major interstates and many state routes. We are seeking eager and dedicated applicants to maintain the roadways,” said Terry Lee, regional recruiter at the Georgia DOT Office of Human Resources. “New hires will receive on the job training in various maintenance duties.

Applicants are encouraged to wear business casual attire and bring several copies of their resumes. Contingent job offers will be presented to the most qualified applicants the same day. New hires must obtain a Georgia Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) within six months of employment.

For more information about the job fair, please (404) 290-7344. Job seekers can also apply online at, or complete an application at the Georgia Department of Transportation – Buchanan Office, located at 4323 US HWY 27, Buchanan, GA 30113. - Dedicated to serve the needs of the community. Provide a source of real news-Dependable Information-Central to the growth and success of our Communities. Strive to encourage, uplift, warn, entertain, & enlighten our readers/viewers- Honest-Reliable-Informative.

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