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Eyes on the Road: Gainesville intersection being studied
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Gainesville is trying to figure out how to improve Lakeview Drive at Parkhill Drive.

“There’s been a lot of discussion and concern about that intersection,” said Chris Rotalsky, the city’s assistant public works director.

Turning left from Lakeview onto busy Parkhill is a particular concern. Lakeview not only leads to Lakeview Academy but serves as a popular cut-through route, leading traffic to Beverly Road, which leads to Limestone Parkway and medical offices as Beverly crosses Limestone.

A May 2011 study revealed that a traffic study was not yet warranted at the intersection, Rotalsky said.

“Some other scenarios were evaluated as far as possibly a reconfiguration of the northbound lanes of Parkhill Drive,” he said.

Gainesville also has consulted with the Georgia Department of Transportation, as Parkhill Drive is part of U.S. 129/Ga. 11.

“We’re studying it again ... specifically for the installation of a signal,” Rotalsky said. “Currently, we’re in the data collection phase of that (study).”

He said he foresees the intersection’s future also playing a role in Gainesville’s planned long-range transportation study.

Officials have said they hope to have a consultant on board by October for what could be a yearlong effort to examine Gainesville’s many transportation challenges. In addition to public hearings, a dozen or so residents may end up serving on a panel to give input as the study goes along.

Parkhill, as part of U.S. 129/Ga. 11, in general, “is one of the arteries that carry traffic in and out of Gainesville,” Rotalsky said.


Lula resident is named to traffic operations post

Justin Lott of Lula is now the DOT District 1’s new traffic operations manager.

Before the promotion, Lott had served as project manager with duties related to preconstruction efforts.

Starting today, he’ll continue that work in his new job, but he also will conduct districtwide traffic engineering and signal timing studies, safety enhancement reviews, citizen complaint investigations and speed zone/radar ordinance coordination.

Lott, a Braselton native and 2006 Georgia Tech graduate, began working with the DOT in 2005 as an intern. He became a transportation engineer associate in 2006 and started working full time.


Crews set for week of mowing, brush clearing

The DOT plans to work this week on vegetation removal on Interstate 985 from Interstate 85 in Gwinnett County to Exit 24 in Hall County.

Also, crews will be mowing on Ga. 211/Old Winder Highway and along Ga. 60 in Hall, and DOT employees will be working on guardrail repairs along Ga. 11.

The work is set for 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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

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