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Here’s how work is progressing on Lanier Islands Parkway widening in South Hall
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Road work takes place on Ga. 347 to widen the road from McEver Road to Lanier Islands Resort on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. - photo by Austin Steele

Construction has hit high gear on Lanier Islands Parkway/Ga. 347 between Lanier Islands resort and McEver Road in South Hall County.

Despite a rainy year, the $10.4 million project is on schedule and more than halfway done, Georgia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Katie Strickland said in an email last week.

“It is fair to say we will meet the current scheduled completion day of Oct. 31, 2019,” she said.

Work began in late summer 2017 to widen the road from two to three lanes, basically adding a center turn lane along a 2.4-mile stretch, and adding a 10-foot multiuse path on one side of the road and a 5-foot sidewalk on the other.

A main feature of the new road will be a roundabout just north of where New Bethany and Big Creek roads connect with Ga. 347. A cemetery at that intersection forced a realignment of Ga. 347 in that area.

The roundabout has been built, “but we haven’t shifted traffic, as we need to complete laying asphalt and installing lighting and sidewalks,” Strickland said.

The DOT had one small shift of traffic in mid-October, but no major shifts or opening of new lanes is expected before spring, she said.

Otherwise, “there is currently a temporary concrete barrier keeping traffic safe from … lane building,” Strickland said.

Once completed, Ga. 347 will be widened from Lanier Islands to Ga. 211/Old Winder Highway in Braselton.

“From a transportation standpoint, it is the final piece tying us into I-85,” Lanier Islands Vice President Grier Todd said in an August 2017 interview.

The entire project was broken up in phases over several years, with Ga. 347 widened to mostly six lanes between Interstate 985 and Ga. 211. Ga. 211 leads to Interstate 85 in Barrow County.

Ga. 347 is known as Lanier Islands Parkway between the resort and I-985 and as Friendship Road between I-985 and Ga. 211.