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Spout Springs road work creates traffic mess in S. Hall
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Traffic backs up along Spout Springs Road just past Hog Mountain Road Tuesday afternoon due to road construction. - photo by Tom Reed

The Spout Springs Road project didn’t let up on Election Day.

If anything, it picked up, with construction crews narrowing traffic to one lane in two sections, one at Capitola Farm Road and one between Ivy Springs and Oak Ridge drives, for heavy paving work Tuesday.

County officials said they had to ramp up the South Hall project, which is near completion, because of wet weather expected this week.

Workers “had already cut out the ditches on either side (of Spout Springs), so it was unsafe for us to leave the ditches open during a rain,” said Nikki Young, Hall County spokeswoman.

“A road under construction can be dangerous for motorists if it rains,” she added.

Showers are likely through tonight, according to the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.

Despite long traffic backups, Young said the county hadn’t heard any complaints from residents.

And Ashley Trimmer, poll manager at The Springs Church, 6553 Spout Springs Road, which is near the construction zone, said, “We thought (the road work) would affect turnout, but it didn’t.”

Voting was steady throughout the day. By late afternoon, the parking lot was full.

Trimmer said she thought the precinct would be on track to hit the county’s projection of 50 percent of eligible voters casting ballots.

Perhaps bringing some relief to the area was motorists taking the county’s suggested detour of Hog Mountain, Cash and Elizabeth roads to get to Spout Springs and avoid the construction.

Davis Middle School, another polling place, is off Hog Mountain Road.

The $1.64 million road project, funded by the county’s special purpose local option sales tax, was slated to be completed by Sunday but was delayed by rainy weather last week.

The work began in the spring and has involved several improvements to Spout Springs, a mostly two-lane artery connecting Flowery Branch and Braselton.

Work has included construction of a center turn lane between Elizabeth Lane and Union Circle and a new traffic light at Elizabeth Lane — a stretch that runs in front of Spout Springs Elementary and Flowery Branch High schools.

More recently, crews have worked mainly adding right-turn and through lanes at Hog Mountain Road and additional lanes between Ivy Springs and Oak Ridge drives and at Capitola Farm Road.

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