If testing goes well, a long-awaited traffic light on Ga. 365 at Ramsey Road is set to be operational by mid-morning Thursday, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.
Motorists should be “cautious until you get familiar with the changes,” said David Olson, DOT district traffic engineer.
“Remember, other drivers may be surprised by the new signal, so give yourself plenty of space between you and the driver in front of you.”
The new light has been highly anticipated for several years, especially after heavy public attention turned on the Howard Road intersection just south of it in 2012.
Several accidents, including one that killed three people in 2013, have taken place on the busy stretch between Howard and Ramsey, with both roads leading motorists to industrial areas in Gainesville/Hall County.
Hall County “and the state have been really good working with us and accommodating the growing need to the business,” said Phil Sutton, chief administrative officer at Kubota Manufacturing of America Co. at 2715 Ramsey Road.
“It’s really good to have this project finally wrapping up.“
Between 80 and 100 trucks flow daily through the Ramsey intersection from Kubota, which has about 1,600 employees, Sutton said.
In 2012, the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce and Kubota asked the DOT to study the Ramsey intersection for a possible traffic light.
“Over the past few years, we have had several accidents, including some fatalities, at that intersection,” Sutton said at the time.
Hall County began last year moving on the $703,619 project, which also includes a new acceleration lane from Ramsey going south on Ga. 365.
The work had been set for a Jan. 31 completion, but crews ended up having to wait on the delivery of equipment, including the traffic light and poles.
“Signal equipment can take some time (in arriving),” Hall road projects manager Jody Woodall has said.
The new signal would be the second in a 1-mile stretch along a busy section of Ga. 365, just north of where Interstate 985 ends. The other one is at Howard Road.