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Flowery Branch to hold public meeting on downtown traffic, railroad crossings
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Downtown Flowery Branch traffic flows and patterns and how they interact with Norfolk Southern railroad crossings will be discussed in a public meeting set for Oct. 25.

Residents will have two opportunities to get information, as the city is holding the meeting at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. at Flowery Branch City Hall, 5410 Pine St.

City staff and an engineer with Clark Patterson & Lee, a consulting firm hired to do a downtown traffic study, will give a presentation, then hold a question-and-answer session.

Downtown traffic has been a lingering issue for the growing South Hall city, especially as a new roadway, including a roundabout, opened two years ago, giving motorists a straight shot from McEver Road to Atlanta Highway/Ga. 13 and farther on to Interstate 985.

City officials have expressed concerns about how a sudden boom in expected housing could affect downtown traffic. Hundreds of homes have been either approved this year or are under construction near downtown.

One issue has been whether to close the Chattahoochee Street railroad crossing and approach Hall County about closing the next crossing farther north at Radford Road.

Officials have said that by closing the crossings, it might free up busier crossings at Lights Ferry and Spring roads from slow-moving or parked trains.

The Flowery Branch City Council voted Oct. 4 to table a vote on the closing of the Chattahoochee crossing, deciding to take some time to inform citizens and hear more input before voting.

The council now plans to vote on the decision on Nov. 1.

Flowery Branch traffic

What: informational meetings on downtown traffic, railroad crossings

When: 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Oct. 25

Where: City Hall, 5410 Pine St.