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New Thurmon Tanner entrance to Sam’s Club, Walmart being considered
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A new entrance into Sam’s Club and Walmart off Thurmon Tanner Parkway in Oakwood is in the works. The entrance could help relieve what is now really bad traffic congestion on Mundy Mill Road in front of Sam’s, Walmart and the University of North Georgia. - photo by Scott Rogers

The Sam’s Club and Walmart stores in Oakwood could be getting a Thurmon Tanner Parkway entrance.

“We recently established contact with a Walmart representative, and they are looking at this option with their engineer,” Oakwood City Manager Stan Brown said.

“We believe this would be a win-win for all — better access for Sam’s Club/Walmart and traffic relief on Mundy Mill Road.”

Mundy Mill traffic particularly bunches up at the Sam’s Club/Walmart entrance, which is across from the University of North Georgia’s ever-growing Gainesville campus.

Last year, the Georgia Department of Transportation extended the right-turn lane out of the UNG campus to relieve congestion at the Mundy Mill intersection.

Oakwood “preapproved a right (turn) in/right (turn) out access for Sam’s Club/Walmart back when we acquired right of way for Thurmon Tanner Parkway,” Brown said.

The four-lane road runs parallel to Interstate 985 between Atlanta Highway/Ga. 13 and Phil Niekro Boulevard in Flowery Branch, crossing Mundy Mill Road.

Only motorists traveling south on Thurmon Tanner could use the new entrance, which could lead motorists to other properties near Walmart and Sam’s Club, including a strip shopping center, Wells Fargo bank and Wendy’s restaurant.

Because of the lack of a median break, northbound drivers would have to travel past the entrance and make a U-turn to head south and toward the entrance.

“We will evaluate feasibility for a left turn in for northbound (drivers) as a part of our traffic improvement study,” Brown said.

A city roads study is looking particularly at potential intersection fixes, ranging from turning radius fixes to a roundabout at the post office on Main Street.

“There’s a number of different locations we think are worth us getting a study done to where we can get some conceptual-level layouts and some cost estimates,” Brown has said.

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A new right-in/ right-out entrance and exit into Sam’s Club and Walmart off Thurmon Tanner Parkway in Oakwood is in the works. The new entrance could help relieve what is now really bad traffic congestion on Mundy Mill Road in front of Sam’s, Walmart and the University of North Georgia. - photo by Scott Rogers
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