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Oakwood OKs McEver Road rebuild
Work starts this week to improve Flowery Branch portion of busy road
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Long-awaited work on a 2-mile stretch of heavily traveled McEver Road in Oakwood is inching closer to a projected summer start.

Officials have talked for several years about a $1 million effort to rebuild the road, which is marked by long, jagged asphalt cracks.

The project — a road reclamation process that uses recycled materials — now appears to be taking shape, with Oakwood City Council giving its OK Monday night to an agreement with Hall County.

The work would improve the two-lane road between the northern city limits of Flowery Branch and Flat Creek Road.

Oakwood’s share of the project is $252,000, financed by the city’s special purpose local option sales tax revenues.

“This would be our primary paving project for the year,” City Manager Stan Brown said. “But this is work that’s needed.”

The Oakwood work is a part a larger project to improve McEver Road through much of West Hall.

As part of an effort with Flowery Branch, crews are set to begin this week on a reclamation project from Buford to the southern city limits of Oakwood, or near Rafe Banks Drive.

Work will take place mainly from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, weather-permitting, according to the county.

“Traffic will be reduced to one lane while crews work, and we do want to warn drivers that they may encounter loose gravel in the area,” Hall County Engineer Kevin McInturff said.

“There will be flaggers in the area to direct traffic, as well as additional law enforcement personnel to make sure the transition goes as smoothly as possible.”

The work is expected to take about two months to complete.

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