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McEver Road reconstruction in Oakwood underway, could finish by mid-July
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Traffic along McEver Road slows at West Hall High School on Monday afternoon as the road surface has been milled off by crews preparing the road for resurfacing. The project will last into the first weeks of July with good weather.

Workers are busy rebuilding a 2-mile stretch of McEver Road in Oakwood, a long-awaited project for motorists who regularly travel the busy West Hall artery.

“With good weather, they should be able to get done by the second week of July,” Hall County Engineer Kevin McInturff said.

During the project, “the road is going to remain open, but there will be times where we definitely will have to have lane closures,” he added.

Officials have talked for several years about a $1 million effort to rebuild the section of road, which has been marked by long, jagged asphalt cracks and is flanked on either side by homes, schools and churches.

The project — a road reclamation process that uses recycled materials — got the final nod from Hall and Oakwood governments earlier this year.

The work will improve the two-lane road between the northern city limits of Flowery Branch and Flat Creek Road.

Oakwood’s share of the project is $252,000, financed by the city’s special purpose local option sales tax revenues.

“This would be our primary paving project for the year,” City Manager Stan Brown has said. “But this is work that’s needed.”

The Oakwood work is a part a larger project to improve McEver Road through much of West Hall. Other efforts have included a reclamation project through Flowery Branch.

Also planned is the addition of right- and left-turn lanes at Jim Crow Road/Gainesville Street in Flowery Branch, an intersection dotted by businesses and near neighborhoods, Alberta Banks Park and Flowery Branch Elementary School.