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Construction starts on dangerous McEver Road intersection at shopping centers
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Construction cones section off the intersection of McEver Road with Village Shoppes and McEvers Corners in Gainesville on Oct. 12, 2017. - photo by David Barnes

Traffic flow changes are being made this week to an often-dangerous intersection of McEver Road between Village Shoppes at Gainesville and McEvers Corners just south of Dawsonville Highway/Ga. 53.

With construction underway, drivers are no longer able to turn left out of the Kohl’s and Publix parking lots. Motorists will now only be able to turn right into and out of Village Shoppes. They’ll still be able to turn left into McEvers Corners if they’re traveling north on McEver toward Dawsonville Highway, but they won’t be able to turn left out of McEvers Corners.

The changes are expected to cut down on both congestion and accidents as the intersection will no longer be choked by people attempting to turn left into busy lanes.

Road crews from the Georgia Department of Transportation have been working on the project for a few days, said GDOT spokeswoman Katie Strickland, and work is expected to finish Oct. 25.

Concrete is being poured to create RCUTs — restricted crossing U-turn intersections — which require drivers to make U-turns to cross a road instead of turning left.

Other changes are in the works for the area, including an expansion of the left turn lane directing traffic into McEvers Corners.