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Supporters seek more allies for Friendship Road moniker
Hall County Board of Commissioners to discuss South Hall County thoroughfare
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Hall County Board of Commissioners work session

What: Discussion on retaining Friendship Road name

When: 3 p.m. today

Where: Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road in Gainesville

The fight to retain the Friendship Road name for a historic South Hall County thoroughfare is gaining momentum once again.

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will meet today for a work session to discuss rescinding the Lanier Islands Parkway moniker for a stretch of Ga. 347 between Interstate 985 and Ga. 211/Old Winder Highway.

The controversy over the name has brewed for years.

Ga. 347 was known at one time as Friendship Road, Holiday Road and Thompson Mill Road between Lake Lanier Islands and Ga. 211.

In January 2010, the Board of Commissioners changed the name of Ga. 347 between Lake Lanier Islands and I-985 to Lanier Islands Parkway.

When the county proposed renaming the rest of Ga. 347 in 2013, residents in the area protested, saying any change would take away from the heritage of the Friendship community, which dates to the mid-1800s.

The commission voted to name a new alignment of Ga. 347 between Spout Springs Road and Ga. 211 as Lanier Islands Parkway.

But a vote on renaming the rest of Ga. 347, or the stretch between I-985 and Spout Springs, was delayed until construction ends on that segment, which is scheduled for January 2016.

State lawmakers approved a resolution last year dedicating Ga. 347 between Interstate 985 and the Braselton town limits as Friendship Road.

The resolution also dedicates Ga. 347 from the western shores of Lake Lanier east to I-985 as Lanier Islands Parkway.

“A deal has been struck at the strong encouragement of (Gov. Nathan Deal) to accommodate” those living on Friendship Road, as well as those pushing the Lanier Islands Parkway name, Sen. Butch Miller, R-Gainesville, said at the time.

Supporters of Friendship Road said they have worked with new Commissioner Kathy Cooper, who represents South Hall, to keep their interests alive.

Times reporter Jeff Gill contributed to this article.