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Left turns are history at this intersection near Cresswind at Lake Lanier
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A traffic shift blocks left turns Monday, July 26, 2021, from Montgomery Drive onto Ga. 369/Browns Bridge Road in Gainesville. - photo by Scott Rogers

Montgomery Drive residents can no longer turn left on Browns Bridge Road/Ga. 369 near Cresswind at Lake Lanier.

A left turn lane at the intersection was closed and a raised island to restrict the maneuver was built Monday, July 26, on Montgomery Drive. Crews are scheduled to restripe the road Tuesday and Wednesday, July 27-28, according to a Georgia  Department of Transportation press release.

GDOT doesn’t say in the release how residents on Montgomery, including an entire section of Cresswind, would be able to travel west on Ga. 369 — as made possible by the left turn. GDOT officials couldn’t be reached for comment.

Cresswind resident Brian Olson, who lives on the Montgomery side of the subdivision, said he rarely needs to make that left turn.

“Our alternative is simply to drive across our community and exit at the main Cresswind entrance (to) make a right turn onto Browns Bridge.”

The route “takes a few more minutes, but hey, we’re retired,” he said. “No hurry.”

Still, he fears the concrete island on Montgomery at Brown Bridge Road “won’t stop determined left-turners off Montgomery.”

A study of safety conditions at the intersection determined that restricting left turns from Montgomery Drive would eliminate 75% of angle crashes and 52% of total crashes, GDOT said.

Officials have previously studied traffic around Cresswind, a massive subdivision straddling Ga. 369.

A 2017 study commissioned by Hall County, the city of Gainesville and the active-adult community’s developer, Kolter Homes, determined that neither a traffic light nor roundabout was warranted at the main entrance off Ga. 369 east of Montgomery Drive.

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A traffic shift blocks left turns from Montgomery Drive at Ga. 369/Browns Bridge Road in Gainesville. - photo by Scott Rogers
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