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Relief in works for residents of Sterling, Cresswind with possible traffic lights
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For Hall County residents upset about the difficulty of entering and exiting two large subdivisions because of school and rush-hour traffic, relief is on the way.

County officials said Monday that they are prepared to sign off on a traffic signal to be installed at the entrance to Sterling on the Lake off Spout Springs Road in South Hall.

Currently, there are about 900 homes built within the Newland Communities development, which is approved for 2,000 units total on the 1,000-acre property.

The Department of Transportation is providing a used red light to be temporarily placed at the subdivision intersection, likely by the end of the summer, according to officials.

The county will split the $99,000 cost three ways with Flowery Branch and the developer.

Plans to widen Spout Springs in the coming years call for a traffic light at Sterling as part of a realignment of Elizabeth Lane.

Meanwhile, a study will be performed to determine if a traffic light is warranted at the Cresswind at Lake Lanier subdivision off Browns Bridge Road/Ga. 369.

The DOT must sign off on the need because the road is a state route.

If approved, county officials said they hope to partner with Gainesville and the developer to pay for installation costs.

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