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Eyes on the Road: New signal planned for northwest Hall County
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A new traffic signal designed to improve safety and increase traffic flow, especially for left-turn movements, could become operational today for two of three legs at the intersection of Ga. 53/Dawsonville Highway and Sardis Road in northwest Hall County.

“A review of the intersection showed the need for left-turn arrows to enhance the traffic flow and overall operation of Dawsonville Highway,” said Bayne Smith, the Georgia DOT’s district engineer.

Known formally as four-section flashing yellow arrow signals, they are being installed at intersections statewide that have historically heavy left-turn traffic volumes.

Basically, the signal’s solid red arrow means drivers must stop, and its solid green arrow means drivers can go freely. Flashing yellow means drivers can turn left but yield to pedestrians and oncoming vehicles; a solid yellow arrow means drivers should prepare to stop as the light is about to turn red.

Federal Highway Administration studies have shown the new signals help reduce crashes of left-turning vehicles by as much as 35 percent, DOT officials have said.

This is the second flashing yellow arrow installed in Hall County and the ninth flashing yellow arrow installed in the DOT’s Northeast Georgia service area, or District 1.

DOT roads plan focuses on Northeast Georgia projects

The DOT is planning a public meeting Thursday on the draft fiscal 2015-18 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program in northeast Georgia.The program lists federally funded transportation projects in rural Georgia, including new construction, improvements and maintenance for interstates, state routes and bridges.

Also included are bicycle, pedestrian, transportation enhancement and public transit projects.

The projects are planned for Banks, Dawson, Elbert, Franklin, Habersham, Hart, Jackson, Lumpkin, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union and White counties.

The meeting is set for 5-7 p.m. at Elbert County Public Library, 345 Heard St., Elberton. A previous one was held in Jasper.

People can look at the document, view maps of projects, discuss projects with DOT staff and formally comment on projects.

Workers mowing on Ga. 52, replacing asphalt

A DOT maintenance crew is scheduled to mow on slopes along Ga. 52 this week, work that’s expect ed to close road shoulders.

Also, crews plan to remove and replace damaged asphalt on Ga. 52 and Ga. 11/U.S. 129, with one lane closed as work occurs.

The work is set for 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through Friday, weather permitting.

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