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Nov. 2 meeting set for Martin Road traffic study
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A Nov. 2 meeting has been set to discuss traffic alternatives to Martin Road as part of plans to build a new, nearby Interstate 985 interchange.

Martin Road meeting

What: Look at traffic alternatives to Martin Road as part of new Interstate 985 interchange

When: 5-7 p.m. Nov. 2

Where: Mulberry Creek Community Center, 4491 JM Turk Road

A Nov. 2 meeting has been set to discuss traffic alternatives to Martin Road as part of plans to build a new, nearby Interstate 985 interchange.

The meeting, which is open to the public, is set for 5-7 p.m. at Mulberry Creek Community Center, 4491 JM Turk Road, in South Hall.

A committee made up of 15 local residents has been formed to give input to a freight study that will look at the Martin Road corridor and “explore transportation alternatives to improve connectivity” from the new Exit 14 to Winder Highway/Ga. 53, said Sam Baker, transportation planning manager for the Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning Organization.

The heavily residential Martin Road runs from Falcon Parkway/Ga. 13 to Winder Highway.

The Georgia Department of Transportation plans to start construction, possibly in late summer or early fall next year, on the $27 million interchange.

The project calls for a diamond interchange connecting Martin Road on the east side of I-985 to H.F. Industrial Parkway on the west side.

Long-range plans have called for Martin Road to be widened from Falcon Parkway/Ga. 13 to Winder Highway/Ga. 53.

The projects have ignited huge community opposition, with “Stop Exit 14” signs dotting the area landscape.

Public officials defending the interchange project have joined with residents on concerns about the Martin Road impact.

Officials are planning to hold two other meetings with the committee by April. The freight study, conducted by Boston-based transportation consultant CDM Smith, is set to be completed by December 2017.

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