Relief may be coming for students and other travelers at an extra busy spot on Mundy Mill Road in Oakwood where the University of North Georgia’s Gainesville campus and Wal-Mart meet.
The Georgia Department of Transportation is planning to extend the right-turn lane on Mathis Drive so that the Mathis Drive approach to Mundy Mill will feature exclusive straight-through and right- and left-turn lanes.
“So basically, it gives extra (road) capacity coming out of the (UNG) campus,” Oakwood City Manager Stan Brown said.
Plans also call for a retiming of the signal light to help with traffic flow, he said.
“It’ll be a snappier intersection,” Brown said. “We’ll be able to flow those right turns on out of there.”
UNG “is pleased that this project will create a more efficient traffic flow at that busy intersection,” spokeswoman Sylvia Carson said. “The right lane (extension) will help alleviate some of the congestion of traffic leaving the campus.”
Katie Strickland, DOT district spokeswoman, said the DOT plans to accept bids on the project from contractors Aug. 29.
“Once the bids are back in and contract is executed, we will know more about the schedule (for the project),” she said.
The work is being done as a “quick response project,” which means a quicker turnaround on much-needed traffic improvements at a cost under $200,000.
“When this project is completed, we will continue to assess traffic conditions and work together to make further improvements as needed,” Brown said.
The project has been in the works for months as an effort between Oakwood, UNG and DOT.
Mundy Mill, which runs between McEver Road and Atlanta Highway/Ga. 13, is a fast-growing area in South Hall, with traffic frequently backing up at Mathis Drive and the road leading into the Wal-Mart and other businesses.