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Eyes on the Road: Spout Springs work includes side roads

POSTED: December 9, 2012 11:19 p.m.

Spout Springs Road in South Hall may not be all that gets rebuilt if the project forges ahead in the next decade or so.

Transportation planners and engineers are looking to realign Elizabeth Lane so that it lines up with Lake Sterling Drive, which leads into Sterling on the Lake, one of the area’s largest neighborhoods, with some 2,000 homes spread out or planned across 1,000 acres.

A traffic light would be installed at the new intersection, or actually moved from where Elizabeth Lane now juts off Spout Springs, a short distance from Lake Sterling. The rear entrance to Flowery Branch High School is on Elizabeth.

The Elizabeth Lane traffic light was put up several years ago as part of a series of improvements intended to be a short-term solution to Spout Springs’ traffic woes.

At the time, a light couldn’t also be placed at Sterling on the Lake, where vehicles daily back up waiting to turn onto Spout Springs, because of the short distance to Elizabeth Lane.

The Hall County Library System’s Spout Springs branch also is off Lake Sterling Drive.

Also planned is lining up the driveways to Flowery Branch High and Spout Springs School of Enrichment and installing a signal light at the intersection.

“That’s the only new signal we show right now (for the road project),” said Teri Pope, the Georgia Department of Transportation’s spokeswoman for District 1, which covers Northeast Georgia, including Hall.

Spout Springs Road has been a major focus for the county for the past decade, especially as population has boomed in the area and commercial growth has taken place on the Flowery Branch and Braselton ends of the mostly two-lane road.

Plans call for Spout Springs, which is mostly two lanes, to be widened between Hog Mountain Road in Flowery Branch and Thompson Mill Road in Braselton.

According to Hall’s 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan, the project could take place between 2018 and 2030.

The inflation-adjusted cost estimate for the project is $58.3 million.

DOT approves resurfacing projects in Hall

The DOT announced $43 million in new projects statewide last week, including two in Hall County totaling about $800,000.

The agency awarded a $413,048 project to Allied Paving Contractors of Pendergrass to resurface Ga. 53/Dawsonville Highway east of Bolling Bridge and extending west to Manor Ridge Road, a stretch of nearly 1.5 miles.

Allied also got a $391,391 contract to resurface Ga. 369 from Ga. 11 to Interstate 985, or nearly three-quarters of a mile.

The projects, which also feature milling and shoulder work, are set for completion Oct. 31.

Jeff Gill covers transportation issues for The Times. Share your thoughts, news tips and questions with him:

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