An artistic touch may be coming next week to the roundabout at Sardis and Ledan roads in northwest Hall County.
Copper sculptures and a sign saying “Chestatee,” as well as landscaping, are planned for the center of the traffic circle, which was built in 2017 to try to fix traffic congestion problems at the intersection.
The sculptures are kinetic, or have moving parts that “will turn at different speeds and paces,” said Tina Carlson, a member of the Vision 2030 public art committee sponsoring the effort.
“For all the people who travel that route going to school and work, it’s just going to be something beautiful,” she said. “There’s really no other objective than that.”
Vision 2030 is an arm of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce envisioning how the community should look going into the future. Public art is one of several committees; Vision 2030 is considering other aspects, such as transportation, greenspace and downtown development.
“We have inventoried about 100 different locations across the county where we think are ideal spots for public art,” said Frank Norton Jr., chairman of the public art committee.
Two of them are the roundabouts in Flowery Branch and Sardis-Ledan. Flowery Branch already has been dressed up with a brushed metal sign depicting the city’s name.
Norton said he believes the Sardis-Ledan roundabout “will become a fabulous landmark for the Chestatee community.”
“What we hope to do,” Carlson said, “is when we get (the art) installed, we want to have the Chestatee (High School) marching band out there — sort of a big fanfare out of it — and let them use it as a spirit kind of thing for the school.”
The committee has been working with Chestatee art teacher Veronica Martin on the project.
“I don’t know if it will pump up (students) coming into school, but I think it’s a nice thing,” Martin said. “It definitely could make them feel like the school is not just a school but this is actually a community — and that it reaches farther than the school.”
The roundabout, however, may not make it to 2030.
It depends on the final design of the Sardis Road connector, a four-lane road that would run between Dawsonville Highway/Ga. 53 and Thompson Bridge Road/Ga. 60.
“If the roundabout is incorporated into the final design, it will be a reconfigured dual-lane roundabout to accommodate the extra lanes of traffic — not the existing one that is present there now,” County Engineer Kevin McInturff said.
The connector is scheduled for construction in 2024, with right of way acquisition possibly starting later this year, Hall County spokesman Brian Stewart said.
“We’ll get to enjoy (the sculpture) for a few years,” Martin said.