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Study: Mundy Mill Road is Halls worst for car wrecks
DOT: Road part of 6 of top 15 accident sites in county
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The busy Mundy Mill Road-Mathis Drive intersection is one of the most dangerous in Hall County. According to a Georgia Department of Transportation study, Mundy Mill Road accounts for six of the top 15 accident locations in Hall County, in which this intersection sits at No. 4.

Accident-prone

Here is a list of area roads with the highest number of wrecks between between Jan. 1, 2011, and Dec. 31, 2015:

  1. Mundy Mill Road at private property: 340 collisions

  2. Spout Springs Road at private property: 178

  3. Mundy Mill at private property: 145

  4. Mundy Mill at Mathis Drive: 121

  5. Mundy Mill at Old Oakwood Road: 115

  6. Mundy Mill at Thurmon Tanner Parkway: 108

  7. Winder Highway/Ga. 53 at private property: 98

  8. Pearl Nix Parkway at Ga. 53: 92

  9. Atlanta Highway/Ga. 53 at Mundy Mill Road: 91

  10. Mundy Mill at Mundy Mill Drive: 80

  11. Dawsonville Highway at McEver Road: 79

  12. McEver Road at Dawsonville Highway: 72

  13. Atlanta Highway at Poplar Springs Road: 64

  14. Washington Street at Ga. 53: 61

  15. Interstate 985 north at private property: 59

Source: Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning Organization based on Georgia Department of Transportation data.

Mundy Mill Road in Oakwood accounts for six of the 15 worst accident locations in Hall County, states a Hall transportation agency’s report.

The road, which runs between McEver Road and Atlanta Highway/Ga. 53, had 909 collisions between Jan. 1, 2011, and Dec. 31, 2015, according to the report from the Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning Organization.

The remaining nine locations on the list had a combined 783 collisions.

The report is based on crash data from the Georgia Department of Transportation’s Georgia Electronic Accident Reporting System.

The report, which will be presented at an MPO meeting Wednesday, doesn’t name cross streets or landmarks at several of the locations, including ones on Mundy Mill.

“I asked the DOT about that, and the (agency) said locations that don’t have a second road mentioned are on private properties,” said Sam I. Baker, the MPO’s senior transportation planner.

The DOT is still developing the reporting system so it can better define locations, he said.

“All we know at this point is Mundy Mill is a high-accident location,” Baker said. “... We need to look at that (road).”

The Mundy Mill side streets that are listed in the report are Mathis Drive, Old Oakwood Road, Thurmon Tanner Parkway and Mundy Mill Drive.

Also listed in the report is Atlanta Highway at Mundy Mill Road/Winder Highway.

Oakwood is working with the DOT and the University of North Georgia on ways to ease the traffic crunch on Mundy Mill at UNG’s Gainesville campus.

City Manager Stan Brown said he is meeting later this month with DOT and college officials "to look at some options there.”

“The next step is really to get some good traffic data,” Brown said. “When you start looking at that situation, there’s not going to be one thing that solves it. There may be multiple improvements that need to be done to relieve traffic.”

Oakwood is growing rapidly, with much of the development centered around Mundy Mill Road. The city just completed Milton Martin Toyota Way between Mundy Mill Road and Atlanta Highway, providing some traffic relief.

Also, construction has surged at the massive Mundy Mill subdivision, which is in Gainesville city limits but has a main entrance off Mundy Mill Road.

“When you have growth, whether it’s business, industrial or residential, it’s all going to result in traffic generation,” Brown said. “And it has multiple impacts throughout the system.”

The MPO meeting is set for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, taking place in the Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville.

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