Jones Mountain Road Reopened

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JASPER, Ga. – Pickens County Citizens are breathing an extra sigh of relief today as news is spreading that the major construction and repairs of Jones Mountain Road are officially complete.

Pictured is Jones Mountain Road shortly after the landslide, left, and after completion of repairs, right.

Citizens have been avoiding the road at first, and later dealing with only one open lane, since February 22, 2019, when a landslide took out a portion of the road and undermined the stability of the remainder. As county commissioners declared a local emergency in the situation, recovery began within that same week when inspectors came to assess the damage.

According to Pickens County Public Information Officer Tucker Green, the project has seen delays with one paving company backing out of the project, weather delays, and smaller issues popping up. The county has appreciated citizen’s patience with the project as Green said, “We sympathize for the inconvenience.”

According to an official release from the county, “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.”

Jones Mountain Road has officially reopened after inspections were completed on August 13, 2019.

Jones Mountain Road has officially reopened after inspections were completed on August 13, 2019.

It went on to add,”The work required was substantial and included: installation of a 380’ long Soil Nail Wall and a 20’ tall Geosynthetically Confined Soil Wall in the most severe portion of the landslide. Additionally, a guardrail and fencing were installed for safety precautions and both lanes of the road were resurfaced.

County Commission Chairman Rob Jones called the incident “A pretty good hit for a small county like Pickens,” back in March. But said this week, “With the amount of work and meeting state requirements along with the financial assistance from the Governor’s Office and the D.O.T., that area should be good for many years to come.”

Green also pointed to the assistance as a major boon to the project. The grant came in April with an expectation to quickly open one lane quickly and another two months to fully repair the road.

Green estimated that project to have a completed total just over $2 million, but exact expenses will come through financial reports with the county.

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Jasper approves bids and JMA Events

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JASPER, Ga. – The City Council approved three major events for the Jasper Merchants Association (JMA) accompanying closing of Main Street in Downtown Jasper.

Usually spread across the entirity of the Fall Season as the JMA requests the road closure for these events, this year, with the help of City Manager Brandon Douglas, they made one request including all three events. Citizens should be aware of this road closure for the following days:

Thursday, October 31, 2019, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. for the Halloween Event.

Saturday, December 7, 2019, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. for the Christmas Parade, with the parade to start at 6 p.m.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019, from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. for the New Year’s Eve Celebration.

Not associated with the JMA, Main Street will also be closed for the Prevent Child Abuse Pickens Long Table event on September 21, 2019, from Noon until midnight.

The city has received four bids for their paving contract for road paving. The apparent low bidder came to be Northwest Georgia Paving, Inc. with a bid of $1,217,062.50. Approved by the council, the paving contract has been awarded.

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Cove Road is currently closed due to a landslide

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JASPER, Ga.- Cove Road is currently closed due to a landslide. Picken’s County Sheriff’s Office requests that travelers please use either McClain Mountain Road or Grandview Road.

City Officials have met with a Geostabilization Engineer this morning to conduct a preliminary assessment of the situation on Cove Road.

Picture courtesy of Pickens County Georgia Sheriff’s Office.

The engineer will be conferring with their counterparts to provide an evaluation to City Officials so that a determination can be made on what measures to take to mitigate further issues that could occur. The unknown elements of the situation necessitates that the road remain closed until further notice.

Crews from both the City of Jasper and Pickens County Road Departments have done an outstanding job removing debris from the road. The issue is with what is still hanging overhead. They are working to ensure that it is safe before reopening and have additional crews responding.

Please allow additional time for detour routes in the morning.

Picture courtesy of Pickens County Georgia Sheriff’s Office.

Cove Road at the S Curves has been blocked by a rock slide. Please use either McClain Mountain Road or Grandview Road.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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