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Oakwood hoping to start widening Old Oakwood Road in July
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Oakwood could begin work on widening a section of Old Oakwood Road to three lanes in July.

If all goes as hoped, Oakwood could start widening a section of Old Oakwood Road to three lanes in July.

The South Hall city has put the project out for bids, with plans to award a contract in June, City Manager Stan Brown said.

The schedule, at this point, calls for the project to be completed by Oct. 31.

The project involves widening Old Oakwood between Mundy Mill Road, a major east-west traffic artery, and the main entrance to Performance Foodservice Milton’s 521,135-square-foot warehouse, which is under construction.

Basically, a center turn lane would be built.

“The purpose of the project is to improve traffic operations and better accommodate current and future truck traffic in the area,” Brown said.

The Georgia Department of Transportation would chip in $100,000 toward the project.

“The funding strategy is that the city and (Performance Foodservice Milton) will fund (construction), along with assistance from DOT,” Brown said.

The project has been in the works for a while, with the city, at one point, hoping to get some funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission.

The two-lane road otherwise serves a key connection between Mundy Mill and Mountain View roads. It also serves as a potential crossing for a planned Tumbling Creek Road extension, a project that features a proposed $3.4 million bridge over Norfolk Southern railroad tracks.

“We are planning on a future phase to continue the widening to Tumbling Creek Road (for when) the bridge over the railroad is constructed,” Brown said.

Fast-growing Oakwood has gotten busy with road projects lately.

It recently completed Milton Martin Toyota Way between Mundy Mill Road and Atlanta Highway/Ga. 13, it and has approved an agreement with Hall County to rebuild McEver Road between its southern city limits and Flat Creek Road. It also has pledged $50,000 to the Tumbling Creek bridge project.

Plus, the city has been working with DOT and the University of North Georgia on ways to ease the traffic crunch on Mundy Mill at UNG’s Gainesville campus.