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Cresswind subdivision about to embark on tunnel project
Work will mean lane shift for passing motorists
Traffic moves across a hill along Browns Bridge Road on Tuesday afternoon between Cresswind at Lake Lanier, which is on both sides of the road. Cresswind plans to extend Cresswind Parkway under Ga. 369/Browns Bridge Road, requiring a shift on traffic on Ga. 369, starting Thursday and lasting through October. The project will connect two sides of the neighborhood, and Cresswind is footing the bill.

The fast-growing Cresswind at Lake Lanier subdivision in Gainesville isn’t just adding houses, as passing motorists will notice firsthand.

Cresswind developer Florida-based Kolter Homes also is planning to put down a little asphalt, extending Cresswind Parkway under Ga. 369/Browns Bridge Road west of Montgomery Drive.

The project, which will include a new Ga. 369 bridge and is expected to cost more than $2 million, is meant to connect two sections of the sprawling development, said Robert Rademacher, vice president of the Kolter Group.

Cresswind is paying for the project’s design and construction, Georgia Department of Transportation district spokeswoman Teri Pope said.

To accommodate the work, Ga. 369 traffic is set to be shifted about 25 feet to the south onto two newly built lanes, starting Thursday and running through the end of October, she said.

“Most motorists won’t even realize they are moved over,” Pope said.

Still, a DOT news release on the project urges motorists to “use extra caution as you travel through the work zone, while traffic becomes familiar with the changes.”

The DOT approved the design and is supervising the work because it affects Ga. 369, according to the agency.

“This work is coordinated with the future widening of Ga. 369,” states the release.

Browns Bridge Road’s widening has long been discussed as a needed project in West Hall County, 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 just-approved Regional Transportation Plan shows about $21 million in improvements planned along the stretch in 2025.

As for Cresswind, the new project isn’t its first transportation project.

A bridge over Ivey Road, which juts north off Ga. 369, connects the development’s first and second phases, Rademacher 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.