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Oakwood staying busy with road projects

POSTED: March 19, 2017 9:47 p.m.
JEFF GILL/The Times

Oakwood City Council voted last week to hire CHA Consulting Inc. to design an extension of Industry Way from its cul-de-sac next to Atlanta Biologicals to a city-owned industrial park off W White Road.

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Oakwood’s road improvement efforts aren’t gearing down anytime soon.

The South Hall city, which just finished a widening project at Old Oakwood Road and Mundy Mill Road, is turning its attention to extending a key industrial road.

City Council voted last week to hire CHA Consulting Inc. to design an extension of Industry Way from its cul-de-sac next to Atlanta Biologicals to a city-owned industrial park off W White Road.

The project will largely provide a connection between Thurmon Tanner Parkway and W White Road, two industry-heavy arteries in Oakwood.

In addition to designing the project, CHA would do survey work and seek a permit from the Army Corps of Engineers, as the new road would cross Mud Creek.

The city is paying CHA about $40,000 for its work.

Elsewhere in the South Hall city, Oakwood has just finished widening a stretch of Old Oakwood Road near Mundy Mill Road, where Performance Foodservice is building a new plant on 43 acres.

“We are planning on a future phase to continue the widening (of Old Oakwood) to Tumbling Creek Road,” Oakwood City Manager Stan Brown has said.

The city has pledged $50,000 to a planned bridge over railroad tracks that would extend Tumbling Creek Road from a dead-end to Old Oakwood Road at Millside Parkway.

The Georgia Department of Transportation, which has approved the project’s design and location, is contributing to the project, as well, along with Gainesville and Hall County.

Denise Farr of Hall County engineering said earlier this month that the county was finishing up acquiring right of way and coordinating utility relocation for the project.

Work also is underway on extending a turn lane at the University of North Georgia’s Gainesville campus and Mundy Mill Road — one of South Hall’s busiest intersections.

The $200,000 DOT project, set for a March 30 completion, calls for extending the right-turn lane on Mathis Drive so that traffic headed toward Mundy Mill won’t overlap regardless of which direction it’s headed.

The work is expected to help ease traffic at the busy intersection, which is also a shopping hub, including Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club stores.

Oakwood, along with UNG, pushed for the project.

“The improvements will improve the overall performance of the intersection by adding more capacity and optimizing the signal timing,” Brown has said. “As a result, traffic progression on Mundy Mill should improve, as well as the improvements to (traffic in and out of) the campus.”



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