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Eyes on the Road: Ga. 347 section has rebuilt lanes
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Traffic is being routed onto newly rebuilt lanes of Ga. 347 from Interstate 985 to west of Hog Mountain Road in South Hall County.

Friendship Elementary School at 4450 Friendship Road is included in the area where traffic has been moved over.

New asphalt is down and striping was underway last week, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Another change is planned for Jan. 7-27 as some 500 feet of Dunbar Road at Ga. 347 will be closed so the grade of Dunbar can be raised to meet the grade of the new Ga. 347.

If the weather cooperates, the roadway could open sooner. A signed detour will be in place.

“We have been working with the Hall County School System and they already have an alternate route in place for their buses to reach students in Reflections Subdivision during the closure and detour,” District Engineer Brent Cook said.

The work is being done as part of a $38.4 million, 8-mile widening of Ga. 347 between I-985 and Ga. 211/Old Winder Highway in Braselton. A section between Ga. 211 and Spout Springs Road has been completed.

The speed limit on Ga. 347 from I-985 to Spout Springs is 35 mph, lowered because of construction work and frequent traffic shifts.

The project’s completion date is Jan. 12, 2016.

Another project involving Ga. 347 — widening the road east of I-985 to McEver Road — was finished this fall.

Lumpkin County projects now on DOT website

Area residents now can view DOT documents and images related to planned roundabouts at two intersections in Lumpkin County.

The projects involve Ga. 52 at Ga. 115/Copper Mines Road east of Dahlonega and Ga. 9 at Ga. 52 west of Dahlonega.

Information is available at On the home page, click on “public outreach” and follow prompts from there.

Also, plans and handouts can be viewed at the DOT District Office at 2505 Athens Highway in Gainesville.

The project at Ga. 52 and Ga. 115/Copper Mines Road is intended to reduce crash frequency and severity, according to the DOT.

The intersection had seven angle crashes, one head-on, and two rear-end crashes between 2010 and 2013.

The project at Ga. 9 at Ga. 52 is intended to improve traffic flow and sight distance, according to a DOT document.

In addition, Lumpkin County will soon begin building a fire station east of the intersection on Ga. 9.

“Improvements to horizontal and vertical curves would provide more efficient entrance and exit for emergency vehicles as well as approaching traffic,” the document states.

Jeff Gill covers transportation issues for The Times. Share your thoughts, news tips and questions with him:


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