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Eyes on the Road: Ramsey traffic light moving closer to reality

POSTED: April 23, 2014 12:45 a.m.

Hall County is moving forward on a traffic signal at Ramsey Road and Ga. 365 in northeast Hall.

With the Georgia Department of Transportation’s approval of the project, Hall is working on an invitation for contractors to bid, engineer Jody Woodall said.

That document could go out later this month or early May. If all goes as hoped, the project could begin in June or July, Woodall said.

The work also calls for a new acceleration lane from Ramsey going south on Ga. 365.

The new signal would be the second in a 1-mile stretch along a busy section of Ga. 365, just north of where Interstate 985 ends.

The other is already at Howard Road, where wrecks have been a longtime concern, including one on July 12 that killed three people and injured six.

An April 2012 fatal crash triggered a public campaign to make improvements there — and much work has been done, including left-turn arrows on the traffic signal.

Even as that was happening, the focus on safety expanded north to Ramsey, which also leads to a heavily industrial area.

One of the voices in that effort was Phil Sutton, chief administrative officer at Kubota Manufacturing of America.

Kubota sits off Ramsey and White Sulphur roads, just west of Ga. 365. It has some 1,200 employees.

“Our No. 1 goal is to make sure that we have the safest workplace for our folks,” Sutton has said. “We’re pleased with anything (officials) can do to improve safety of our folks coming to and going home from work.”

Oakwood council votes to close part of Woodlane

Oakwood City Council voted Monday to close an unpaved section of Woodlane Drive, a residential street that dead-ends facing Thurmon Tanner Parkway.

The stretch “is cutting through properties that could potentially be developed on Thurmon Tanner,” Oakwood City Manager Stan Brown said.

Thurmon Tanner is a four-lane road that runs parallel to I-985 and connects Flowery Branch and Oakwood.

At one time, Woodlane connected downtown Oakwood to Ga. 13/Atlanta Highway in South Hall.

Eventually, the road was overrun by the construction of Interstate 985 and more recently, Thurmon Tanner.

Residents of the handful of homes on the rest of Woodlane Drive, which juts off Allen Street, won’t be affected by the abandonment.

Shift in traffic expected on Forsyth County road

The DOT is planning a traffic shift overnight this week on a $5 million improvement project involving Ga. 141/Bethelview Road at Ga. 9 in Forsyth County.

The move will affect a quarter-mile stretch of Ga. 9 south of Ga. 141.

If weather cooperates, traffic changes will begin tonight and be completed by 6 a.m. Thursday.

Lane closures will be required, and motorists can expect traffic delays in the area.

The project calls for rebuilding Ga. 141 at Ga. 9, creating two through lanes, two left-turn lanes and a right-turn lane for each leg of the intersection. Also involved is an upgrade of the traffic signal equipment and new sidewalks.

The project completion date is April 30.

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

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