A planned traffic shift on Browns Bridge Road/Ga. 369 has been delayed until next week due to weather, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.
The shift, originally planned for Tuesday, will move traffic back to its original location on Ga. 369 on Nov. 10. Lanes are now shifted south to give room for a new bridge to be built that will allow Cresswind Parkway to be extended under Ga. 369.
The changes are part of a tunnel project at Cresswind at Lake Lanier between Keith Bridge Road and Montgomery Drive.
“Cresswind is improving safety and access within its community by building a tunnel to carry traffic under Ga. 369, connecting the community that spreads on both sides of the highway,” a DOT news release states.
Robert Rademacher, vice president of the Kolter Group, Cresswind’s developer, has said the tunnel project is expected to cost more than $2 million.
The DOT is supervising the work because it affects a state route and “is coordinated with the future widening” of Ga. 369, the DOT said.
Browns Bridge Road’s widening has long been discussed as a needed project in West Hall, as the road is not only thick with traffic but has several curves as it runs between McEver Road and the Forsyth County line.
The Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Regional Transportation Plan, which is updated every four years, projects about $21 million in improvements planned along the stretch in 2025.
As for Cresswind, the new project isn’t its first transportation one.
A bridge over Ivey Road, which juts north off Ga. 369, connects the development’s first and second phases, Rademacher has said.
“And then, we have another bridge that goes over Ivey again,” he said.
The new tunnel will connect the neighborhood’s newest phase, south of Ga. 369, to the first two phases, Rademacher said.