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McEver Road intersections closer to getting upgrade
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Construction could begin this summer or fall at two major intersections on McEver Road in South Hall County.

Hall County is working to wrap up right-of-way acquisition at Flat Creek Road in Oakwood and Gainesville Street/Jim Crow Road in Flowery Branch.

Jody Woodall, a civil engineer with the county, said improvements at the crossings could go out to bid this summer, with each project estimated to cost about $1 million, funded by the county’s 1 percent special purpose local option sales tax program.

The work will take about six months to complete once it’s started. As part of the bid package, the county is looking to also include a sight distance improvement at Lotheridge and White Sulphur roads.

The projects “have been out there a little while and it’ll be good to get them going,” Woodall said of the McEver work. “They’re both pretty high volume (in traffic) and both gateways into (their respective) cities.”

The projects call for left- and right-turn lanes to be built at each of the approaches to the intersections, as well as improving the turning radiuses at the corners, adding pedestrian crosswalks and signals, and upgrading traffic signals.

Flowery Branch is paying additional costs for decorative traffic signal arms at Gainesville Street/Jim Crow, Woodall said.

Oakwood isn’t as interested in the decorative style, as span wire-supported traffic signals line key arteries in the city, City Manager Stan Brown said.

Otherwise, he’s looking forward to the project’s completion.

“That’s something that has been ongoing for almost 10 years,” Brown said. “I’ve been here 10 years and this was identified as a SPLOST project back then.”

Hall County has identified a string of intersection improvements along McEver Road, a major West Hall artery connecting South Hall to Gainesville.

It has reworked Chamblee Road and is eyeing improvements at Stephens, Lights Ferry and Gaines Ferry roads.

“We prioritized (the projects) based on the daily traffic at the intersections,” Woodall said.

The county hasn’t begun design yet on the Stephens Road, Lights Ferry Road and Gaines Ferry Road improvements.

“It’s really dependent on funding,” Woodall said.

But if those projects get off the ground, he added, “we’d probably do those at about the same time, kind of like what we’re doing at Flat Creek and Jim Crow.”