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New traffic signal up at Spout Springs and Sterling on the Lake
A new traffic light has been installed on Spout Springs Road at Sterling on the Lake subdivision.

With the new school year starting, the timing is right on a newly installed traffic light on Spout Springs Road at Sterling on the Lake subdivision, officials said.

“Every morning, school traffic and the community leaving (Sterling) created a bottleneck,” Flowery Branch Mayor Mike Miller said. “We’ve had some very contentious safety issues, with people trying to turn left (from Sterling).”

“The longer it backed up, the more brave left turners got,” he added.

The new light, which is in place until Spout Springs Road is widened, became operational at the Spout Springs and Lake Sterling Boulevard intersection last week.

“Officials are currently monitoring traffic patterns in the area and making any timing adjustments that may be necessary,” said Ken Rearden, Hall County director of public works and utilities.

Traffic at the Sterling entrance off Spout Springs has long been an issue, as the 900-home, 1,000-acre development is approved for 2,000 units.

Patrons at the Spout Springs branch of the Hall County Library System will also benefit from the new light as the library is off Lake Sterling Boulevard near Spout Springs Road.

And Spout Springs is a heavily traveled road, with Hall County officials announcing this week they expect widening of the road between Interstate 985 and Union Circle to begin in fiscal 2019, or two years earlier than expected.

The new signal’s $99,400 price tag will be split among Hall County, Flowery Branch and Sterling on the Lake.

The signals and control box were donated by the Georgia Department of Transportation, while the pole installation was provided by Jackson Electric Membership Corp.

“Those donations shaved approximately $30,000 off the project’s total cost,” Rearden said.