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October 11, 2012

School board joint workshop

Live Oak — New connector road discussed

The Suwannee County School Board met Oct. 9 in a joint workshop session between the board, Suwannee County Board of County Commissioners, Live Oak City Council and Branford Town Council.

There was discussion pertaining to a possible connector road that would join US 129 to South Walker Street. The road, if approved later, would be constructed on the north side of Gordon Tractor (near Suwannee Elementary School) on US 129 South and travel west through the school district’s transportation yard and come out at Walker Avenue at Silas Drive (Suwannee Primary School).


The board continues to look for ways to improve traffic flow and ease congestion around the schools. The Silas Drive extension that connects Walker Avenue with SR 51 accomplished part of that. There is also a proposal to construct a connector road between Ichetucknee Road and Miller Street, to end at US 129 near Thunder Alley Bowling.

Some school board members showed concern for the proposal.

“We have discussed this and we have some reservations as this creates a thoroughfare of traffic,” said School Board Chair Julie Ulmer.

Since this was a workshop, no vote was taken and the issue will be addressed at a later date.

Pinewood Drive Sinkhole update

Live Oak Public Works Director Brent Whitman addressed some issues involving the sinkholes and damage brought on by TS Debby. One was the condition and projected completion of restoration to Pinewood Drive, the road running between Walker and Ohio avenues. This multi-use connector road to many of Suwannee County schools has only been in partial use due to a 75 foot deep sinkhole that came about because of the flooding.    

Whitman explained that the waterline was also undergoing repair in the same area. 


“For about a foot and a half for 30 feet, it’s not sitting right,” said Whitman. “They’re working on it.”

Whitman concluded that by next next, the road should be fully-functional.

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