McEver Road has been repaved, rebuilt and otherwise retooled in recent years, including, most recently, a long-awaited makeover of the Jim Crow Road-Gainesville Street intersection in Flowery Branch.
So, what’s next for the two-lane traffic artery carrying traffic between Buford and Gainesville and through West Hall?
Two other intersections have been eyed for improvements — McEver at Flat Creek and Stephens roads — but both projects “are long-term and would need to include funding from Oakwood on both and Gainesville at Stephens Road,” said Ken Rearden, Hall’s public works and utilities director.
Flat Creek Road runs between Lake Lanier and Main Street in Oakwood, where it becomes Old Oakwood Road. Stephens Road runs between Jim Crow Road and McEver, where it becomes Old Flowery Branch Road.
Both are busy intersections connecting neighborhoods, businesses and churches.
“We want both (intersections) completed,” Oakwood City Manager Stan Brown said. “Our position is that the county committed to build and fund these through the county's (special purpose local option sales tax) program.”
Hall County spokeswoman Katie Crumley said the intersection projects were “discussed and planned for improvements as part of” SPLOST V, which was approved by voters in 2004.
However, they were considered “with the expectation that (the Georgia Department of Transportation) would provide approximately $30 million in funding for intersection improvements countywide.”
“Unfortunately, the state funding was reallocated elsewhere,” Crumley said. “Therefore, the intersection improvement projects included in that original SPLOST V presentation were scaled back.”
Hall County’s long-range transportation plans call for McEver Road to be widened to four lanes from Lanier Islands Parkway/Ga. 347 to Jim Crow Road-Gainesville Street between 2024 and 2032.
And McEver would be widened from Jim Crow-Gainesville Street to Mundy Mill Road between 2033 and 2040, according to the Gainesville-Hall Regional Transportation Plan’s 2015 update.
The most recent improvement made to McEver was the intersection fixes at Jim Crow-Gainesville Street featuring new left-turn lanes. Flowery Branch also was involved in that effort.