The Georgia Department of Transportation is looking at improving these Hall County intersections in the spring:
• Ga. 53/Mundy Mill Road at Old Oakwood Road
• Ga. 53/McEver Road at Mountain View Road
• Mundy Mill Road at Old Flowery Branch Road
• McEver Road at Mundy Mill Road
• Ga. 13/Atlanta Highway at Snelling Avenue
• Atlanta Highway at Memorial Park Drive
• Ga. 60/Thompson Bridge Road at Ga. 283/Mount Vernon Road
• U.S. 129/Cleveland Highway at Ga. 284/Clarks Bridge Road
• Cleveland Highway at Ga. 52/Dahlonega Highway
Nine Hall County intersections are set for upgrades in the spring, including work that addresses federal Americans with Disabilities Act standards.
Four of the crossings are on Ga. 53, which crisscrosses through Hall. They are Mundy Mill Road at Old Oakwood, Old Flowery Branch and McEver roads, and McEver Road at Mountain View Road.
The others are on Ga. 13/Atlanta Highway at Snelling Avenue and Memorial Park Drive; Ga. 60/Thompson Bridge Road at Ga. 283/Mount Vernon Road; and U.S. 129/Cleveland Highway at Ga. 284/Clarks Bridge Road and at Ga. 52/Dahlonega Highway.
The work is spread across the area, from North Hall to Flowery Branch, with several in the Oakwood area.
R.J. Haynie & Associates Inc. of Marietta has been awarded the $1.4 million project, which has a completion date of Dec. 31, 2015.
The project calls for new equipment, including traffic lights that are more energy efficient and can be seen easier in low-light conditions such as rain, fog and snow. ADA-related work involves installation of new pedestrian signals, crosswalk striping and wheelchair ramps.
Light-emitting diode lights that will be used in the project “are a huge improvement over old technology,” said Teri Pope, Georgia Department of Transportation district spokeswoman.
“They are much brighter and allow signals to be easily seen in low-light conditions,” she said. “They are also cheaper to run and don’t need as much energy.”
The roads involved in the work are all highly traveled, cutting through some of the area’s busiest sections. The project at Snelling Avenue, for example, is near downtown Flowery Branch and at Phil Niekro Boulevard, which leads to Interstate 985.
Gainesville, meanwhile, is pushing for improvements at intersections throughout the city.
David Dockery, public works director, said a slate of intersections has been submitted to the DOT “for a safety project to upgrade pedestrian accommodations.”
Those intersections are: Green Hill Circle at Dawsonville Highway, Skelton Drive at Browns Bridge Road, Alta Vista Drive at John Morrow Parkway, Washington Street at John Morrow Parkway, E.E Butler Parkway at West Ridge Road, Thompson Bridge Road at Nancy Creek Road, Thompson Bridge at Enota Avenue, Browns Bridge at Memorial Park Drive, Limestone Parkway at Beverly Road and Limestone at Clarks Bridge Road.
Also, the city has submitted an official request for DOT to do signal timing on all the state routes that go through the city. The DOT responded, saying the work may take 10-15 weeks to complete, Dockery said.