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Eyes on the Road: Traffic light study ongoing at South Hall intersection
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The Georgia Department of Transportation is still collecting data regarding a possible traffic light at an intersection on a newly opened stretch of Ga. 347.

The DOT took traffic counts at Reunion Way in September and is now “gathering additional data, specifically crash data, then will complete the analysis,” district spokeswoman Teri Pope has said.

A previous review showed the intersection “didn’t meet any of the minimum requirements for a traffic signal,” she said.

The Georgia Department of Transportation is still collecting data regarding a possible traffic light at an intersection on a newly opened stretch of Ga. 347.

The DOT took traffic counts at Reunion Way in September and is now “gathering additional data, specifically crash data, then will complete the analysis,” district spokeswoman Teri Pope has said.

A previous review showed the intersection “didn’t meet any of the minimum requirements for a traffic signal,” she said.

Residents at Reunion Country Club in South Hall County are eager for better results the second time around.

Resident Brian F. Luders has said, “We do not want to wait for a death to prompt a traffic light.”

He said a driver making a left-hand turn from Reunion Way to Ga. 347 means crossing multiple lanes of traffic in a time period “way beyond the normal allowance a driver gives for oncoming traffic.”

“Oncoming traffic is also ... below the elevation of the driver turning, which makes for an inherent complication in perception and time allowance,” Luders said.

Residents also have reached out to state lawmakers on the issue.

Joash Thomas, chief of staff for state Rep. Timothy Barr, R-Lawrenceville, wrote to Luders saying Barr has been in touch with DOT on the issue.

“We will monitor this issue and get back to you as soon as we have the results and analysis from the DOT,” Thomas said.

Sydney Rubin, legislative assistant at the state Capitol, offered a similar promise.

“I am happy to provide an update to you as soon as we hear,” he wrote to Luders.

The stretch of Ga. 347 between Ga. 211/Old Winder Highway and Spout Springs Road opened in June as part of an overall 8-mile project with a completion date of Jan. 12, 2016.

When the entire road is finished, motorists will be able to travel on four- and six-lane stretches of Ga. 347 between Interstate 985 and Ga. 211.

Committee set to work more on area road priorities

Area road planners and government officials are continuing to eye road priorities as they work to develop a long-range transportation plan, with another meeting set for Thursday.

The Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning Organization’s technical coordinating committee, a group of area engineers, planners and other government officials, has been working on a priority list for the federally required 2040 plan, which is set for completion in August.

Along with its consultant, Pond & Co. of Norcross, the committee has reviewed a couple of early lists.

At its meeting Thursday, set for 10:30 a.m. at the Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville, the committee will look at a “tiered” listing of the projects, or projects divided into time frames between 2015 and 2040.

Ultimately, the group will decide at that meeting whether to recommend approval of the priority-setting methodology and project list to the policy committee, the MPO’s decision-making body comprising top elected officials in Hall and Jackson counties.

The MPO region serves Hall County and West Jackson, including Braselton.

A public meeting on the preliminary list of projects has been set for 5:30-7 p.m. Nov. 6 at the government center.

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

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