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More road work set for McEver Road
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Hall County is trying to determine which of five McEver Road intersections it plans to improve next, with work taking place over the summer.

“We’ve done some traffic counts and ... are trying to prioritize (the intersections),” said Jody Woodall, Hall County road projects manager.

The county, using money from its Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, has nearly completed improvements, including turn lanes and a traffic light, at Chamblee Road.

The work is being done as part of a larger improvement effort on the heavily traveled West Hall corridor, targeting certain intersections that stretch between Stephens Road to the north and Gaines Ferry Road to the south.

Hall has teamed with the Georgia Department of Transportation on the effort, but the DOT has delayed involvement because of financial woes.

“Probably next summer, in 2011, we’d pick the next critical (intersection) and try to (make improvements),” Woodall said. “At that point, we may go back to the DOT and see if we can repackage the project we have with them and see if we can get some assistance on the rest of (the intersections).”

Overall, the goal is to complete two or three of the intersections with SPLOST money and “then sit back down with DOT,” Woodall said.

Stephens, Gaines Ferry and the remaining crossings on the McEver stretch — including Flat Creek, Jim Crow and Lights Ferry roads — have traffic signals.

In 2009, Oakwood installed a signal on McEver at H.F. Reed Industrial Parkway and the entrance to Oakwood South Industrial Park.

Woodall has said the remaining projects would involve installing left-turn and right-turn lanes on all the approaches and upgrading the signal equipment as needed.

Although no development is imminent, at least one of the intersections could have a busier future.

Flowery Branch City Council this week may take a final vote on annexing and rezoning property for commercial and industrial uses on McEver at Gaines Ferry roads.

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