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McEver-Jim Crow intersection makeover may start next month
Flowery Branch mayor: Project in works 'way too long'
Cars make their way down McEver Road at the Jim Crow Road interection Wednesday in Flowery Branch. Work could start early this year on the rebuild of McEver Road at Jim Crow Road. - photo by Erin O. Smith

A long-planned makeover of McEver Road at Jim Crow Road in Flowery Branch could begin as early as next month.

Hall County, which is overseeing construction on the project, is waiting for utility companies to move their infrastructure before the work can start, Hall County civil engineer Denise Farr said.

“We will mobilize once the utilities have been relocated,” she said. “We have been given an estimated date of the first of February; however, that could change due to weather conditions.”

The $1.4 million project, funded by special purpose local option sales tax money, calls for new right and left turn lanes at all approaches to the heavily used intersection.

Also featured are new pedestrian signals and ramps, Farr said.

The project, when it gets going, should take about six months to complete, she added.

From the South Hall city’s perspective, the project has been in the works for “way too long,” Mayor Mike Miller said Wednesday.

But he said he’s confident “it’s going to happen.”

“We’re not involved in a daily basis with it. We’re at (the county’s) mercy — it’s their timetable,” Miller said. “We’re just a financial backer of it.”

He added: “I hope they can work with the utilities and get it done sooner rather than our later. Our goal was to get it done before school started this year. At this point, I’m just hoping we can get it done by the start of next school year.”

The intersection is located in a busy area, with several schools, neighborhoods and parks nearby. As it crosses McEver, Jim Crow Road turns into Gainesville Streets, which leads to downtown Flowery Branch.

Hall County has stayed busy paving and rebuilding roads in the area for quite a while.

Workers spent much of last year fixing up a nearby 2-mile stretch of McEver Road that had been marked by long, jagged asphalt cracks.

That work cost about $1 million, with costs shared by Hall County and Oakwood.