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With this change, Exit 14 one step closer to opening
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New traffic signals at Thurmon Tanner Parkway and H.F. Reed Industrial Parkway are in place and will be tested Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019. - photo by Scott Rogers

The Georgia Department of Transportation began Thursday, Aug. 8, testing a new traffic signal at Thurmon Tanner Parkway and H.F. Reed Industrial Parkway in South Hall.

The light will flash red until Tuesday, Aug. 13, when it starts operating fully. In the meantime, motorists must treat the intersection as a four-way stop, taking turns going through it.

The light is part of Interstate 985’s new Exit 14, a $34 million project scheduled for completion Aug. 31. The interchange will connect Martin Road at Falcon Parkway/Ga. 13 on the east side of I-985 to H.F. Reed at Thurmon Tanner Parkway on the west side.

A new traffic light also is going up at Martin and Ga. 13, replacing a signal that was in place before the interchange project.

“As that intersection was previously signalized, there will not be a flashing mode there,” DOT district spokeswoman Katie Strickland said.