Motorists traveling through one of northwest Hall County’s busiest intersections could see some traffic relief later this year.
Work could start in May on the planned one-lane roundabout at Ledan and Sardis roads, if all goes well with bidding and other processes over the next couple of months, County Engineer Kevin McInturff said.
And if the weather cooperates, the project could take four months to complete, he said.
That would put the project’s completion around the start of the 2017-18 school year.
The intersection would be closed during construction, with detour plans announced closer to construction starting.
Elrod Drive, Seabolt Road and Brackett Drive/Ladd Drive swing around the intersection.
The roundabout has been in consideration since summer 2015, as Hall officials began to search for ways to ease congestion at the key crossroad until a much bigger project — the Sardis Road Connector — could be built.
“That (roundabout) would definitely help us,” Chestatee High School Principal Suzanne Jarrard said at the time.
County officials have acknowledged as much, saying the intersection gets especially congested when school is in session.
Officials had looked at different relief options, including a four-lane stretch through the area with a traffic signal. That project might have given the county a head start on the planned four-lane Sardis connector, but officials were put off by the high price tag, $3.8 million.
Hall County had set aside $1 million for the intersection fix, with funding from the county’s special purpose local option sales tax revenue.
Officials will know how much the project will actually cost this spring, as it goes out for construction bids on Monday.
Ken Rearden, Hall’s public works and public utilities director, said the hope is the Hall County Board of Commissioners will award the project to a contractor April 13.
The Sardis Connector, when it’s finally built between Dawsonville Highway and Thompson Bridge Road, would widen the roundabout or turn it into a four-lane section of road, Rearden said.
But that fix may not happen for several years.
The connector, which officially has been on the books at least since 2004, is waiting on another major road project, Spout Springs Road widening in South Hall.
“We are still planning on purchasing right of way with funds that we are using for (Spout Springs), upon reimbursement from the Georgia Department of Transportation,” McInturff said.
“This places the beginning of right of way acquisition for the Sardis Road Connector out a minimum two years from now.”