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When motorists can expect turn lanes to return to Martin Road at Ga. 13
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Paving work, delayed by winter rains, could now begin in late January on Falcon Parkway at Martin Road at Interstate 985's Exit 14 under construction in South Hall. - photo by Jeff Gill

Rainy weather has delayed by a couple of weeks reopening turn lanes at Falcon Parkway/Ga. 13 and Martin Road as part of the Exit 14 construction project on Interstate 985 in South Hall.

The work had been expected to finish by mid-January.

Workers now plan on paving the area by late January, said Katie Strickland, Georgia Department of Transportation district spokeswoman.

Construction barrels have been pushed back so that Ga. 13 motorists can slip out of traffic and turn right onto Martin, but otherwise traffic has been bottled up at the intersection for several months.

“I know the turn lanes not being there are causing (delays),” said Strickland.

Morning and afternoon traffic can be especially tricky as parents and buses make their way to Martin Technology Academy, which is just off Martin near the intersection.

Work delays there haven’t otherwise delayed the overall interchange project, which is scheduled for completion later this year.

“We’ve been able to work in other areas,” Strickland said.

Paving also should take place in late January on the other side of the interstate at Thurmon Tanner and H.F. Reed Industrial parkways.

And plans call for widening Martin Road past the school as part of building the approach to the interchange.

That work could take place in the summer, when classes are not in session, Strickland said.

Not part of the I-985 project but still of interest to area residents is plans for a roundabout at Martin Road and JM Turk roads. Work there could start in late May — again, after school is out.

“We are currently in the design phase,” Hall County spokeswoman Katie Crumley recently said.

Right of way acquisition plans are expected by mid-January “so we can start that process,” she said. “The plan is to bid out the project in April.”