The planned widening of Spout Springs Road in South Hall doesn’t necessarily mean a permanent bottleneck for Hall motorists continuing to travel on the road’s two-lane Gwinnett portion.
“It is the general concept to widen (Spout Springs) from Ga. 124 (Braselton Highway) to the county line,” Gwinnett County spokeswoman Heather Sawyer said.
But just when is the big question, especially considering Gwinnett’s many transportation needs.
The Gwinnett Department of Transportation is working on the county’s Comprehensive Transportation Plan update, with public meetings kicking off Monday.
“As part of the plan, Spout Springs Road will be considered with many other projects for the county's short- and long-range plans,” Sawyer said.
Recommendations from the plan should be released later this year, she said.
The transportation plan, covering projects through 2040, “will serve as a blueprint for how transportation will develop in Gwinnett,” a county press release on the hearings states.
“We have so many projects that need to be done, and funding is so limited,” said Tommy Hunter, the Gwinnett County commissioner whose district includes Spout Springs Road.
Asked whether he thought the road should be widened, he said, “I haven't seen the traffic data to really be able to comment.”
Meanwhile, in Hall County, widening Spout Springs is a major priority.
Right of way acquisition could start in earnest this spring on the project’s first phase, running between Interstate 985 and Union Circle.
The project will affect part or all of 143 residential and 18 commercial properties along that stretch.
Construction could start in 2018-19 on the first phase, officials have said.
The project will be one of the county’s most ambitious and long-awaited projects, especially as traffic only continues to mount along the two-lane road.
The road is largely residential, including the ever-growing Sterling on the Lake subdivision, which sits on 1,000 acres. In October, the Hall County Board of Commissioners approved a 187-lot subdivision on 102 acres near Quincy Drive.
Spout Springs, which also features schools and churches, also has bustling commercial areas in Flowery Branch and Braselton.
The second phase of the project would run between Union Circle and south of Thompson Mill Road in Braselton.
The total project’s construction cost has been estimated at $64 million.
The Georgia Department of Transportation plans to replace the Spout Springs Road bridge over Interstate 85 in Gwinnett, as part of an overall project involving a widening of a 24-mile stretch of I-85.
And some road work is taking place now on Spout Springs in Gwinnett, particularly an intersection improvement at Doc Hughes Road. That project involves adding turn lanes and a traffic signal, Hunter said.