As Cherokee County and the City of Ball Ground continue to look into a Georgia Highway 372 Truck Route to bypass downtown Ball Ground, public input is being sought on the matter.
Starting Friday and running through July 3, citizens wanting to share their thoughts and comments regarding the project will be able to do so on the Cherokee County website at cherokeega.com/_focus/ball-ground-truck-bypass.php.
Ball Ground began investigating the potential of developing a truck route that would allow larger trucks an alternate route to avoid any issues caused by these vehicles coming through the downtown area in 2019 and were joined by the county in finding a possible solution. Among the concerns arising from having tractor-trailers driving through downtown Ball Ground include traffic crashes 30% higher than the statewide average, issues with pedestrian safety, less than desirable lane widths and roadway grades for truck traffic and inadequate pavement structure for high truck volumes, according to a letter mailed out by the county to area stakeholders.
During the early phases of the project, a total of seven possible truck route options have been proposed, each presenting a potentially viable option for rerouting tractor-trailers away from downtown Ball Ground. A map detailing all seven routes under consideration can be found on the county website, while hard copies will also be on display at Ball Ground City Hall and the Cherokee County Administration Building.
After the comment window closes on July 3, local officials will be holding a stakeholder meeting to further discuss the project and determine what the next step will be. According to the letter sent out to stakeholders, “After the stakeholder meeting is held, feedback will be assessed and revisions may be made to provided alternatives. Cherokee County will then decide whether or not to solicit funding for this project. If the project funding is identified and programmed, then detailed conceptual design and environmental studies will proceed, and further public involvement will be conducted to eventually determine a preferred feasible alternative.”
In addition to finding the map online, copies of the stakeholder letters and stakeholder meeting handouts are available on the county website. For more information about the project or for questions about the matter, contact Cherokee County SPLOST Roadway Project Manager Jim Wilgus at email@example.com or Cherokee County Community Development Agency Director Geoffrey Morton at firstname.lastname@example.org.