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Lights Ferry Connector could now open for traffic May 6
Delays involved granite pavers at roundabout
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Alberto Valencia and Eliasar Valencia, masons with J and S Stone, place stones for the walkway at the new roundabout in Flowery Branch on Saturday afternoon. - photo by Erin O. Smith

The new Lights Ferry Connector in Flowery Branch is now projected to open to motorists May 6, following some delays involving granite pavers at the roundabout.

Officials had hoped for an April opening, but “there have been some unforeseen delays on the roundabout,” said John McHenry, Flowery Branch’s community development director.

One of the issues involved “an error between the contractor and the design engineer on the pavers,” he said.

The correct pavers were delivered earlier this month. Installation started Saturday and should continue this week, weather permitting, McHenry said.

“Without pavers in the roundabout apron and median islands, it would be unsafe to open to traffic,” he said. “I appreciate that folks want this done and no more detouring (is needed). City staff is eager to get this rolled out and wrapped up too.”

The paver work will be followed by some other tasks before the road is ready to open, McHenry said.

“It’s going to look really nice, with the landscaping and everything,” McHenry has said.

Beyond physical appeal, the connector will provide a straight shot for motorists between Atlanta Highway/Ga. 13 and McEver Road.

It also will feed into Phil Niekro Boulevard, which leads to another major thoroughfare, Interstate 985. And Phil Niekro becomes the busy Spout Springs Road as it passes under I-985.

For the meantime, a detour is still in place, but motorists can travel part of the new roadway, a section between Church Street and Ga. 13.

The new road should make “getting around easier, but at the same time, it’s an economic development project,” McHenry has said of the $2.1 million road.

The connector is being funded through the city’s capital improvement fund, but a bulk of it — or nearly $1.6 million — comes from a loan and grant provided by the Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank, managed by the State Road and Tollway Authority.

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