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3 roundabouts being considered on Sloan Mill Road in South Hall
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Three roundabouts are being considered on Sloan Mill Road in South Hall, even though no “traffic calming measures” were recommended in a recent traffic study.

The roundabouts would be at Schubert Road, Oxburgh Park/Park Royal Drive and Royal Lakes Drive/Windsor Drive.

They could cost $500,000 to $750,000 apiece, with funding possibly from the county’s next special purpose local option sales tax, or SPLOST VIII, said Ken Rearden, Hall County’s public works and public utilities director, at a public meeting Tuesday, Feb. 20, to address Sloan Mill Road traffic.

If the SPLOST is approved, revenue collections would begin in July 2020, he said.

“The long-term (solution) is the roundabouts … that will control the increase in traffic from (Exit 14),” Hall County Commissioner Kathy Cooper said. “For right now, I think we need to concentrate on maybe doing a three-way stop at Sloan Mill where it comes into Shubert.

“That’s not really a good intersection right now.”

There was some buzz among the 100 or so residents attending the somewhat contentious meeting that Royal Lakes Golf & Country Club, which makes up a large part of Sloan Mill Road, was looking to close down Sloan Mill.

Commissioners quickly shot that down.

“Royal Lakes can’t close a county road,” said Richard Higgins, chairman of the Hall County Board of Commissioners.

The traffic study was part of a two-part effort by Newnan-based Wilburn Engineering to look at traffic impacts from Exit 14, which is under construction off Interstate 985 and is set for completion in the fall of 2019.

Newnan also looked at Martin Road, which will jut directly off the interchange at Falcon Parkway/Ga. 13. Exit 14 also will direct motorists west to H.F. Reed Industrial Parkway and Thurmon Tanner Parkway.

A roundabout is recommended at Martin and JM Turk Road, with Hall County planning to pursue state grant money to do the project. 

Also planned are stop signs at Quailwood Drive and Martin Trail/Martins Crossing. Those could be installed in March.

Sloan Mill Road runs from Winder Highway at Martin to Poplar Springs Road/Ga. 332.

Wilburn determined in its study, looking at current traffic conditions, that Sloan Mill doesn’t have unusual crash rates and has “acceptable operation at all intersections,” the firm’s report states.

“While the magnitude of cut-through traffic is significant, it is not causing a decline in conditions,” according to the report.

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