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$1B could be spent on these road projects in Hall. Here’s how to tell officials what you think of those plans
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Interstate 985 in South Hall. - photo by Scott Rogers

Nearly $1.2 billion in road projects are proposed for the Hall County area through 2050, with plans on display for residents to view Monday and Tuesday.

Hall’s transportation planning agency, the Gainesville–Hall Metropolitan Planning Organization, is holding public meetings Aug. 19-20 to get residents’ feedback on the many projects, which are broken down over four time periods through 2050.

Public meetings

Residents can comment on projects in Hall County’s proposed long-range transportation projects update at these open houses:

  • Monday, Aug. 19: 5:30-7 p.m. at Blackshear Place Library, 2927 Atlanta Highway, Flowery Branch
  • Tuesday, Aug. 20: 5:30-7 p.m. at North Hall Community Center, 4175 Nopone Road, Gainesville

The projects list is an evolving document. The draft list, obtained from the MPO last week by The Times, was going through last-minute tweaks before the public meetings, said Joseph Boyd, transportation planning director.

In addition to project lists that resident can peruse, the MPO also plans to display “info tables and graphs regarding the expected funding we anticipate receiving from state and federal sources.”

He said “any public input we receive will definitely be documented and relayed back to (MPO committees) to be considered as a part of their decision-making process.”

Proposed transportation projects will include new roads, road extensions, road widenings and intersection improvements. The MPO is also looking at improvements for transit, bicycling and pedestrians.

Most expensive projects

  • Interstate 985 widening from Interstate 85 to Mundy Mill Road: $80.8 million
  • McEver Road widening from Jim Crow Road to Mundy Mill Road: $80.5 million
  • Sardis Road Connector between Sardis Road and Thompson Bridge Road: $56.5 million
  • McEver Road widening from Lanier Islands Parkway to Jim Crow Road: $54.3 million
  • Candler Road widening from Interstate 985 south to Ga. 124: $47 million
  • Thompson Bridge Road bridges at Chattahoochee River: $42.8 million
  • Thompson Bridge Road widening from Price Road to Yellow Creek Road: $42 million

Source: Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning Organization

Much of the list will be familiar to longtime residents.

The Sardis Connector, for example, has been in the making for years. The project, which calls for a new four-lane road between Sardis and Thompson Bridge roads, is slated to be built between 2020 and 2025.

Other short-term projects include roundabouts on Green Street at Academy Street/E.E. Butler Parkway and at Riverside Drive/Thompson Bridge Road. The $80.8 million widening of Interstate 985 to six lanes between Interstate 85 and Mundy Mill Road also is scheduled to take place before 2025.

One of the biggest projects on the list is the widening of McEver Road in West Hall. The endeavor covers two phases between Mundy Mill Road and Lanier Islands Parkway/Ga. 347 — a nearly $200 million effort including construction and preliminary costs such as right of way acquisition.

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