Gainesville-Hall Regional Freight Study

The Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning Organization has undertaken a freight study in September 2016.  This study is to be completed by December 2017.  The primary purposes of the Gainesville-Hall Regional Freight Study are to:

  1. Assess the current freight infrastructure in Hall County and Jackson County
  2. Develop a plan based on latest federal, state, and regional policies
  3. Support the development of a future FAST Act compliant Regional Transportation Plan as it relates to any applicable freight provisions
  4. Address safety and connectivity based on the proposed new Interchange, Exit 14, near State Route 13/Atlanta Highway
  5. Recommend areas for improvement, and
  6. Identify specific freight projects for the region
Several emphasis areas have been identified for close examination, including an examination of the impacts of the Panama Canal and the Port of Savannah deepening on the Gainesville-Hall region.  This effort will result in a Gainesville-Hall Regional Freight Study document that will be reviewed and approved by the GHMPO.

Freight Study Plans and Reports

The Project Management Plan developed by CDM Smith, the firm selected to create the Regional Freight Study, is designed to facilitate the daily progress of the study as well as the communication between the CDM Smith team and the GHMPO committees and staff. See the PMP Schedule for further details. 

The Stakeholder Engagement Plan identifies who may have an interest in this study or may be affected by it.  It then outlines when and how the stakeholders and the public will be engaged during the study.

The Goals and Objectives Report discusses the specific goals and objectives of the GHMPO Freight Study and how they relate to the local, state, and national goals and objectives regarding freight. In the context of this study, a goal is a broad statement that defines a desired end state once the plan is implemented. An objective is a specific, measurable statement that supports the achievement of a particular goal.   

The Performance Measures Report discusses how and why performance measurement is a critical element of accountability for public resources which allow agencies to understand current transportation system conditions and track progress over time. This report includes an introduction to performance measurement as well as exploring possible performance measures by goal area, such as safety, mobility, economic competitiveness, and community. 

Freight Advisory Committee 

A Freight Advisory Committee has been formed with a mixture of representatives from both the public and private sectors throughout the region. This committee will meet four times during 2017. 

The first meeting was held on Friday, February 10, 2017. This meeting featured introductions, reviewing proposed goals and objectives, and a workshop regarding freight priorities and network conditions. The full presentation given by CDM Smith can be found here and a summary of the meeting can be found here

The second meeting was held on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. This meeting covered performance measures and a proposed 3-tier freight network for the region. The presentation given at this meeting can be found here, and a summary of the meeting is being prepared and will be posted shortly.

The third meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 11, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at HR Training Room, Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville, GA 30504.

Martin Road Corridor Analysis

Part of this freight study will look into Martin Road and explore transportation alternatives to improve connectivity between the proposed new interchange at Exit 14 on I-985 and State Route 53/Winder Highway.  Per request from the Martin Road area residents, a Martin Road Corridor Study Stakeholder Committee has been formed which consists of 17 local residents who live in the vicinity.  We have planned a series of three meetings with the stakeholder committee members between November 2016 and April 2017 to seek the committee's input, develop alternatives with its feedback, and share the results of the study's analysis and output.

First Meeting

The first Martin Road Corridor Study Stakeholder Committee meeting was held on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Mulberry Creek Community Center. A presentation was given by CDM Smith regarding finding alternatives to Martin Road to improve connectivity between the proposed new interchange on I-985 to SR 53/Winder Highway. 

Online Survey #1

 A survey was announced during the first meeting regarding alternatives to Martin Road. Results to questions regarding Exit 14 and Martin Road can be found here

Second Meeting

The second Martin Road Corridor Study Stakeholder Committee meeting was held on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at the Mulberry Creek Community Center from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. This meeting was an open house format with detailed display boards regarding the following: 

Online Survey #2

 A second survey was announced during the second meeting regarding alternatives to Martin Road. The survey was closed on February 3, 2017. Survey results can be found here

Martin Road Stakeholder Committee Work Session

A work session regarding Alternatives 6, 7, and 8 was held with the members of the Martin Road Corridor Study Stakeholder Committee on March 30, 2017. A summary of this work session can be found here

Third Meeting

The third and final Martin Road Corridor Study Stakeholder Committee meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Mulberry Creek Community Center. This meeting is open to the public. A presentation, which can be found here, will recap the Martin  Road Stakeholder Committee Work Session that was held in March as well present the final selected alternative for Martin Road, which can be seen here
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If you would like information or have any questions or comments regarding any aspect of this study, please contact Sam Baker at 770-297-2604 or