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This major Gainesville intersection is getting some upgrades
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Work could begin this month on adding turn lanes at Queen City and Jesse Jewell parkways. - photo by Scott Rogers

Construction could start in November on turn-lane improvements at one of Gainesville’s busiest intersections, and overnight lane closures may lie ahead.

The project will involve adding right-turn lanes and concrete islands at each of the approaches to Jesse Jewell Parkway at Queen City Parkway/John W. Morrow Jr. Parkway

The John Morrow approach to the intersection has a right-turn lane but not a concrete island that separates motorists turning right from through traffic. 

And Jesse Jewell’s westbound approach to the intersection away from downtown Gainesville has a concrete island that separates motorists turning right from through traffic but not a dedicated right-turn lane.

Utilities will have to be moved before work starts, said Katie Strickland, Georgia Department of Transportation district spokeswoman.

That shouldn’t involve lane closures, but the actual construction could.

The DOT is allowing Norcross-based contractor CMES Inc. to have overnight single-lane closures, starting at 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Closings would end at 6 a.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Complete lane closures “are not permitted at any time,” according to DOT paperwork.

The $1.6 million project is set for completion in October 2020.

The intersection could become busier in the months ahead with the construction of a new QuikTrip gas station and convenience store.

QT spokesman Mike Thornbrugh has said the chain hopes to open the store in July 2020.