Work on busy McEver Road in Oakwood is “basically done” ahead of the upcoming school year.
“We got done just in time,” Hall County Engineer Kevin McInturff said Thursday.
Striping and work on the road shoulders are the main tasks remaining on the project. McInturff said the road will have thermoplastic striping, which is thicker and more visible than usual striping, and that work should be completed before Hall students begin school Aug. 5.
Improvements to the 2-mile stretch of McEver were the second phase of a roughly 5.5-mile project.
The initial 3.5 miles stretched from the northern city limits of Buford to the Oakwood/Flowery Branch line. The more recent work stretched from there up through Flat Creek Road, an area that runs in front of West Hall High and West Hall Middle schools.
“It’ll help speed up our bus routes some,” said Jewel Armour, the man in charge of school bus routes for the Hall County School District.
McInturff said the road work should help McEver, “one of our most traveled two-lane roads in the county,” by allowing for heavier truck traffic and more traffic volume than most other roads. He said a “stronger cross-section” of materials used will aid in that process.
“We rebuilt it from the ground up with the full-depth reclamation project,” McInturff said. “So it should last a long time.”
McEver is a major north-south corridor, basically connecting Gainesville to Buford and passing by a variety of businesses, industries, schools and homes.
Over the past few years, road conditions had steadily gotten worse, particularly with pavement cracking, before the reclamation project.