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Area road work should go strong in 2014

More lanes coming in South Hall area

POSTED: January 5, 2014 12:06 a.m.

One major road project will end this year, but orange construction barrels aren’t going away anytime soon in Hall County.

The $11.6 million widening of Ga. 347/Lanier Islands Parkway between Interstate 985 and McEver Road is scheduled to be finished by Nov. 30.

That should be good news for motorists in that area of South Hall. The stretch of road isn’t long, but it’s crowded with businesses and daily rush-hour traffic.

Some businesses have fretted over construction, which has further clogged up traffic in places.

The new road, when finished, “will be a positive thing for us,” but “I think that if some of the businesses (on the road) are down much (in sales), they’re not going to make it,” said Ken Hensley, owner of Hensley Automotive Services, in an August interview.

Other projects, including the widening of Ga. 347 from I-985 to Ga. 211/Old Winder Highway, will be in full throttle.

The $38.4 million project involves new construction between Spout Springs Road and Ga. 211, work that’s pushing along in anticipation of the planned opening of the Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton in spring 2015.

“Expect a switch to new asphalt in January to get traffic on the new road hear the horseshoe curve at Chateau Corners (subdivision),” said Teri Pope, district spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Transportation.

All six lanes between Spout Springs and Ga. 211 will be open by the end of April. Then, crews will focus on widening Ga. 347 between Spout Springs and I-985.

The DOT is planning a third Ga. 347 project, which calls for a center turn lane, right turn lanes, a 10-foot multiuse trail on one side and 5-foot sidewalk between McEver Road and Lake Lanier Islands resort.

One of the key features of that 2.4-mile segment is a traffic circle near Lanier Islands Community Church, 6302 Lanier Islands Parkway. The proposed route would go behind the church’s cemetery, which sits across Ga. 347 from the church, bringing side streets into Ga. 347.

In the Gainesville area, motorists should begin to “see much more activity” in late January on the $8.7 million replacement of Clarks Bridge on Ga. 284/Clarks Bridge Road at Lake Lanier.

Wet weather hampered progress in December on the project, which calls for a bridge over Lake Lanier with 12-foot lanes and an 8-foot bike path in each direction.

The project also involves construction of a new pedestrian tunnel under Ga. 284.

Crews plans to use a temporary bridge to move equipment, materials and staff to a barge, or working platform, in Lake Lanier.

Once a new bridge is built, the current one, which was built in 1958 and doesn’t meet current design standards, will be torn down.

The overall completion date for the project is Dec. 31, 2015.

The DOT expects a couple of projects to start taking shape in 2014, including the long-envisioned Central Hall Multiuse Trail.

Two phases of that project are scheduled for an April letting by Hall County officials.

The trail’s first phase would run parallel to Ga. 13/Atlanta Highway from Palmour Drive to the Georgia Department of Labor Office at 2756 Atlanta Highway.

The second phase calls for running the trail behind Lanier Technical College and the University of North Georgia’s Gainesville campus in Oakwood. A third project calls for construction of a pedestrian tunnel under Atlanta Highway.

Finally, several Hall County intersections are set for traffic signal upgrades next year, including work that will bring them to federal Americans with Disabilities Act standards.

The project calls for new equipment, including traffic lights that are more energy efficient and can be seen easier in low-light conditions such as rain, fog and snow. ADA-related work involves installation of new pedestrian signals, crosswalk striping and wheelchair ramps, Pope has said.

The construction cost estimate is $1.48 million, with the project expected to be let for bids in June and work to begin in fall or winter.

The DOT is buying right of way for several major projects, including replacing the Ga. 53 bridge over the Chestatee River portion of Lake Lanier, widening U.S. 129/Athens Highway from Ga. 323/Gillsville Highway to the Pendergrass Bypass and widening Ga. 13/Atlanta Highway from Buford to Ga. 347.

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