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GDOT Won’t Fund Widening of Jimmy Daniell Road

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Jimmy Daniell Road where it crosses the county line.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has decided not to fund the widening of Jimmy Daniell Road, nullifying the project framework agreement signed by Oconee County in December of last year.

GDOT took this action because Oconee County never specified where it was going to find the $1.15 million estimated cost to the county for right of way acquisition for the project.

And Athens-Clarke County, which was to be a partner on the widening of the roadway, will not have funding available for its share of the project until 2020.

The roadway runs from Highway 316 in Oconee County to Atlanta Highway in Athens-Clarke County.

Oconee County Administrative Officer Jeff Benko informed the Board of Commissioners about the GDOT decision in an email message on Aug. 21, but no announcement of the cancellation of the project has been made to the public.

For more, visit Oconee County Observations.