A finish line may be in sight for negotiations between Flowery Branch and Hall County regarding what’s been called an unsafe intersection within the city limits.
At Thursday’s city council meeting, a $658,587 agreement was approved that includes paving Gainesville Street from McEver Road into downtown Flowery Branch and additional paving along McEver in the areas of Gaines Ferry and Radford roads.
The agreement also outlines plans for four dedicated left-hand turn lanes at the intersection of McEver and Jim Crow roads and Gainesville Street.
“The intergovernmental agreement is basically covering three different projects that are divided over a two-year period,” city manager Bill Andrew said.
Flowery Branch city council members first approved an intergovernmental agreement with the county at a May 7 meeting, involving both the intersection improvements and the Gainesville Street paving.
What’s new in Thursday’s agreement includes the city paying $106,650 for paving portions of McEver near Gaines Ferry and Radford roads.
“That’s going to obviously cause an uptick in the amount that we’re responsible for,” said councilman Joe Anglin, who later went on to say he thought the agreement was fair.
The agreement also has the city as responsible for the $263,023 for paving Gainesville Street, and $288,914 for the McEver Road intersection. South Hall Commissioner Kathy Cooper has previously said the estimate for the intersection improvements was around $1.3 million.
Hall County commissioners are expected to vote on the agreement at a meeting next week.
Anglin said he felt confident it would move forward.
“Third time’s the charm,” he said.