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Left-turn lane being extended on Ga. 60 at West Ridge Road
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Rain showers Monday afternoon slow traffic along Queen City Parkway at West Ridge Road as a crew adds 400 feet to the southbound left turn lane.

A turn lane project is underway on frequently congested Queen City Parkway/Ga. 60 at West Ridge Road in Gainesville.

A Georgia Department of Transportation contractor is adding 400 feet to the southbound left-turn lane on Ga. 60, district spokeswoman Katie Strickland said.

The project is intended to prevent “the stacking of (left-turning) vehicles into the through lanes,” she said.

In turn, the improvement should ease congestion on Ga. 60.

Strickland said the project should be completed by Monday, weather-permitting. The project is in its final stages, with temporary daytime lane closures possible.

The project is similar to one completed earlier this year on Dawsonville Highway/Ga. 53 at Green Hill Circle. There, the westbound left-turn lane on Ga. 53 was extended 170 feet.

Cars often back up on Dawsonville Highway as drivers wait to turn on Green Hill Circle and then on side roads or driveways to get to restaurants and stores.

The scenery is much different on Ga. 60 at West Ridge — an industrial area close to Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport and Interstate 985.

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