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This is what will happen next with Sardis connector project
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Alice, left, and Ben Ash, examine a map of the planned Sardis Connector during a public information meeting at Chestatee High School on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. - photo by Austin Steele

The Sardis connector is moving forward, with a vote Thursday set to begin the right of way acquisition process for the project.

The route would run from the Dawsonville Highway/Ga. 53 area in West Hall to Thompson Bridge Road/Ga. 60 in North Hall. Right of way acquisition would affect a total of 143 parcels, including 32 homes and six businesses.

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will vote Thursday to award a $989,300 contract to Marietta-based Croy Engineering for the right of way acquisition services. The item is on commissioners’ consent agenda, a set of items voted on collectively and routinely approved.

Right of way acquisition is expected to take about two years, and construction on the project could begin in fiscal year 2024, county spokesman Brian Stewart told The Times in November. 

The connector road will begin at the intersection of Sardis and Chestatee roads. 

The first portion of the connector will involve a widening of the existing Sardis Road from two to four lanes, passing Fran-Mar Drive and Chestatee Academy. Then, at the Sardis Road roundabout, Sardis Road goes back to two lanes, while Ledan Extension becomes a four-lane road, running past intersections for Chimney Rock Lane and Windsor Trail. 

Ledan Extension would be four lanes up until the intersection with Thompson Bridge Road, where the connector project would end near the Kroger shopping center.

The connector will follow the path of existing roads in some places but will split from Ledan Road just past the Windsor Trail intersection, county spokeswoman Katie Crumley said.

The connector will be about 3.5 miles long. The road will have two lanes going in each direction, with a 20-foot-wide median in between. There will be sidewalks on either side.

Acquiring the needed right of way, along with utility relocation and final design and engineering, is projected to cost $27.5 million, with $17.5 million coming from the county’s current special purpose local option sales tax, SPLOST VII. The other $10 million would come from SPLOST VIII funds. Voters opted to continue that sales tax in a Nov. 5 referendum.

The state will fund the construction of the project, and Georgia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Katie Strickland said the estimated cost is $31 million.

Maps of the route are available on the Hall County website. 

Area residents reviewed the maps at a public meeting last year at Chestatee High School. The Sardis connector has been on the county’s project list since at least 2004, when the county submitted it to GDOT for consideration, The Times reported in 2016.