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New turn lane open at Ga. 9 and Ga. 53

POSTED: February 11, 2014 4:59 p.m.

A new right-turn lane has opened at the intersection of Ga. 9 and Ga. 53.

Dawsonville Mayor James Grogan said he’s pleased with the change, which is intended to improve the flow of traffic at the busy crossing.

“I spent some time observing it on Friday and it seems to be working properly,” he said. “I ... feel it will move the traffic through town much better.”

At a cost of $45,970, the project was completed by the Georgia Department of Transportation through its “quick response” program, which allows low-cost, operational improvements to be made to the state route system.

The new lane is 150 feet long with a yield sign for drivers turning right on to Ga. 53 East from Ga. 9 North.

“It gives people driving from downtown towards the outlet center and (Ga.) 400 an area to wait while yielding to make the turn,” Emily Dunn, who sits on the state transportation board, said in a statement. “This right turn lane improves the overall operation and efficiency of the intersection. I believe it will make a big difference to the people who use the roadway daily.”


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