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Public meeting set for Tuesday on much-maligned plans for I-985 interchange at Martin Road
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Plans to build an interchange at Interstate 985 and Martin Road in South Hall continues to draw the wrath of area residents.

A community meeting between residents and public officials is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Mulberry Creek Community Center at 4491 JM Turk Road in Flowery Branch.

“After obtaining almost 500 signatures of community members in opposition to the project (and) as that number continues to grow, state and local officials have agreed to meet with community members,” states a press release from Lydia White, one of the organizers.

The Georgia Department of Transportation could start building the $27 million diamond interchange, known as Exit 14, in 2017. The road would connect Martin Road at Falcon Parkway/Ga. 13 on the east side of I-985 to H.F. Reed Industrial Parkway at Thurmon Tanner Parkway on the west side.

Long-term plans call for widening Martin Road between Ga. 13 and Winder Highway.

“As community members have continued to learn more about the devastation this project would bring to their way of life, they have determined to stand firm on their opposition,” the press release says.

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