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How will Sardis Connector plans affect you? Find out at Nov. 15 meeting
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Cars drive along Sardis Road on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018. A public meeting is set for Nov. 15 on the planned Sardis Connector. - photo by Austin Steele

Right of way acquisition for the long-awaited Sardis Connector in northwest Hall County could begin next summer and take two years to complete, engineer Denise Farr said this week.

Construction could follow two to three years “after everything is acquired,” she said.

Area residents will be able to get more information during a public information meeting set for Nov. 15 at Chestatee High School. Maps of the project will be available. The meeting won’t feature any formal presentations.

Sardis Connector

What: A public meeting featuring maps of the proposed road project

When: 5-7 p.m. Nov. 15

Where: Chestatee High School, 3005 Sardis Road, Gainesville

More info: 770-531-6800

The planned 3.4-mile, four-lane road, which has been discussed for years, would run from Dawsonville Highway/Ga. 53 in West Hall, starting at the intersection of Sardis and Chestatee roads, to Thompson Bridge Road/Ga. 60 in North Hall, ending near Mount Vernon Road.

“The project would consist of a combination of widening and reconstruction on several existing local roads and roadway construction on new locations,” the project’s legal ad states.

The new connector is targeted to run along existing segments of Sardis Road, Fran Mar Drive, Brackett Drive, Ladd Drive, Ledan Road and Southers Road.

The route “may vary some, especially if we find environmentally sensitive areas, graves we didn’t know about or historical markers,” Farr said. “But at this time, we feel like this is the general area that the route is going to take.”

In addition to viewing maps, residents will be able to ask officials questions and comment on the project at the meeting.

A court reporter will be available to allow the public an opportunity to make verbal comments about the project. Written statements will be accepted concerning the project until Nov. 29.

The project will connect two major routes but also could help ease traffic traveling into Gainesville.

Dawsonville Highway, particularly, bottles up as motorists cross Lake Lanier and approach McEver Road. Growth has been fierce in that area in recent years, with restaurants and other stores springing up. A new Holiday Inn Express opened recently in the area.

Officials have long talked about an east-west corridor running across North Hall.

Another project has been discussed — the North Hall Parkway — with a study area running from Thompson Bridge Road at Mount Vernon Road to Ga. 365 around White Sulphur Road. The study area could possibly stretch as far north as Brookton Lula Road and near Clermont.

A similar road project, dubbed the Northern Connector, was rolled out as a concept about nine years ago — and quickly shot down.

At the time, planners considered two primary routes for that road, with both having their western side starting on Thompson Bridge Road near Mount Vernon. One route featured the road ending on Ga. 365 at White Sulphur Road and the other on Ga. 365 at Whitehall Road.

A key concern at the time was possible bridges over Lake Lanier.

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