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What is happening with the possibility of a traffic light at Lakeview Drive and Park Hill Drive?
Currently, there are no plans to build a traffic signal at that location, said to Gainesville Traffic Engineer Dee Taylor.
Before a signal can be built, the city must conduct a traffic study that supports the need for it. Because the intersection is located near Lakeview Academy, it is impossible to gather accurate data on traffic volume during summer vacation.
“Typically we don’t like to do any studies during the summer months because it’s not an average traffic pattern,” Taylor said. “This location is impacted by school traffic, so we will keep monitoring it.”
Lakeview Drive leads to the academy and serves as a popular traffic shortcut to Limestone Parkway. This sometimes causes traffic to back up, especially when turning left from Lakeview Drive onto Park Hill drive.
Because Park Hill Drive is part of a state highway, Gainesville must seek approval for a traffic light installation from the Georgia Department of Transportation, which requires a traffic engineering study. The last study conducted on the intersection was in May and found that the traffic volume of the intersection, specifically of those turning from Lakeview Drive onto Park Hill Drive, did not meet the federal accepted thresholds for a traffic signal installation, Taylor said.
The intersection is on the preliminary project list of Gainesville’s transportation plan, which is available at www.gainesville.org, and states that the slope on the Lakeview Drive approach should be reduced or a signal should be installed.
“We’re constantly following up and observing,” Taylor said. “This intersection is always under the microscope.”