Gainesville will apply for a state grant to help pay for an estimated $4 million project to realign South Enota Drive in an attempt to relieve traffic congestion along Green Street and in the downtown corridor.
The proposed realignment includes building a new road behind Enota Elementary School, sending traffic from Thompson Bridge Road to Park Hill Drive and south to Downey Boulevard.
The new road will connect Enota Avenue with South Enota Drive near the intersection with Cumberland Drive.
Public Works Director David Dockery said the plan will improve traffic flow, reduce commercial truck traffic through downtown and also shrink traffic volume near the school.
As part of this project, intersection improvements include adding turn lanes off Thompson Bridge to Enota Avenue in both directions, as well as adding turn lanes at the intersection of South Enota Drive and Park Hill Drive.
Dockery said the process of receiving grant funds takes time, and it could be 18 months before the city has the funds for this work. A 20 percent match from the city is likely, he added.
Gainesville received $522,125 in funding through the same grant award last year to help pay for plans on Ga. 369 to extend the northbound right-turn lane at E.E. Butler Parkway, building a southbound right-turn lane at West End Avenue and building a northbound right-turn lane at Auburn Avenue.
The work is intended to help relieve traffic on Ga. 369, a major artery cutting through the heart of Gainesville.