The Georgia Department of Transportation will be adding right turn lanes at three approaches to the intersection of Jesse Jewell and Queen City parkways in Gainesville, according to GDOT documents. In conjunction with the project, the city will be relocating water mains and sewer lines in the area.
The project “to ease congestion and increase safety by improving the intersections” is expected to begin in spring 2019, according to GDOT district spokeswoman Katie Strickland.
GDOT will begin accepting bids for the project in April of next year, Strickland said. Contractors are usually chosen within two weeks of bidding opening, and GDOT accepts the lowest qualified bidder, Strickland said. The project will take about a year to construct.
Right of way acquisition is underway, Strickland said.
She added that preliminary estimates put construction of the project at $1.4 million.
Right turn lanes will be added on eastbound Jesse Jewell Parkway, westbound Jesse Jewell Parkway and northbound Queen City Parkway to alleviate congestion in the area, according to the concept report for the project. Existing left turn lanes on John W. Morrow Jr. Parkway will also be extended.
The Gainesville Department of Water Resources has requested $150,000 from the department’s capital projects fund for the relocation of utilities. The department has communicated with Wiedeman and Singleton, a Norcross-based engineering firm, about the project.
Utilities relocation at the intersection will begin after the bidding process is complete, according to Jason Perry, design services section chief with the water department.