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New traffic signals to light up Ga. 347 today

POSTED: January 9, 2014 12:35 a.m.

Weather permitting, South Hall County motorists can begin driving today on part of a new road being built in front of the 100-bed Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton, which is also under construction.

Traffic will be moved over on new lanes of the Ga. 347 stretch from Chateau Corners Drive to Ga. 211/Old Winder Highway.

“The traffic shuffle allows crews to rebuild the original lanes of (Ga. 347) while traffic runs in newly built lanes,” states a Georgia Department of Transportation news release.

One lane will be open in each direction along the stretch, DOT district spokeswoman Teri Pope said.

Also, two new traffic signals are scheduled to begin operating along the stretch, one at Deaton Creek Parkway and the other at Ga. 211 and Bayberry Drive.

The signals will start operating as the shift occurs, according to the DOT.

The shift could start taking place as early as 9 a.m. and continue throughout the day, finishing by midafternoon. Delays are expected as the shift occurs.

“Please slow down and use extra caution through the area as motorists get used to these changes, especially the new traffic signals,” District Engineer Bayne Smith said in the release.

The stretch of road is part of a larger Ga. 347 widening project that stretches from Ga. 211 to Interstate 985.

The 8-mile, $38.4 million project, which began in October 2012, is set for completion by Jan. 12, 2016.

Work on a stretch of Ga. 347 between Spout Springs Road and Ga. 211 — including the Chateau Corners-Ga. 211 segment — is slated to be finished by April 12.

The hospital, scheduled for a spring 2015 opening, is part of the Northeast Georgia Health System’s new River Place campus.

The campus is already home to a medical office building, Medical Plaza 1, which houses an urgent care center, imaging center, endoscopy suite, outpatient lab and therapy services and more than 20 doctor’s offices, according to the health system’s website.


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