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New South Hall roundabout, widened Ga. 347 lanes opening in July
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Road work takes place on Ga. 347 to widen the road from McEver Road to Lanier Islands Resort on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. - photo by Austin Steele

Hall County’s newest roundabout could open July 15.

A traffic shift is planned on Lanier Islands Parkway/Ga. 347 so that traffic can flow on the roundabout at Big Creek Road.

The shift had been planned for Tuesday, July 2, but contractors requested a delay.

“We have to have striping down, we have to have guardrail in, and some of that hasn’t happened,” said Katie Strickland, district spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Transportation.

“It kind of worked out better to not shift traffic (Tuesday),” she added. “Going into a holiday weekend, we don’t want to put traffic in a situation where (they face) a brand-new pattern.”

And July Fourth is one of Lake Lanier’s busiest holidays.

The roundabout is part of a newly widened Ga. 347 between McEver Road and Lanier Islands resort. A cemetery at that intersection forced a realignment of Ga. 347 in that area.

The $10.4 million project has a completion date of Oct. 31.

Work began in late summer 2017 to widen the road from two to three lanes, basically adding a center turn lane along a 2.4-mile stretch, and adding a 10-foot multiuse path on one side of the road and a 5-foot sidewalk on the other.

Ga. 347 is known as Lanier Islands Parkway between the resort and I-985 and as Friendship Road between I-985 and Ga. 211.

This report has been updated from its original version.

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