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Which major Hall road projects are closer to reality, and what they'll cost
Turning lanes along Thurmond Tanner Parkway at H.F. Reed Industrial Parkway are under construction Friday, March 1, 2019, in Flowery Branch for an interchange with Interstate 985. - photo by Scott Rogers

Nearly $1.2 billion in area road projects through 2050 were approved Tuesday, Sept. 17, by a committee governing the Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning Organization.

Transportation projects will include new roads, road extensions, road widenings and intersection improvements. The MPO, which is the Hall area’s lead transportation planning agency, also is looking at improvements for transit, bicycling and pedestrians.

The list, approved by the MPO’s Policy Committee, a group comprising top area officials, now will be sent to the Atlanta Regional Commission for further review, particularly making sure the projects align with air quality standards. Hall County is part of a 22-county, Atlanta-area air quality zone.

Joseph Boyd, the MPO’s transportation planning director, said the roads plan could get final adoption in March.

The MPO is required to update its project list every five years. The 2015 list can be found on the MPO’s website,

2020-25 major projects

These are estimated construction costs only:

  • New bridges on Price Road/Ga. 136 over Chestatee River, Elachee Road over Interstate 985, Poplar Springs Road over Walnut Creek, Dawsonville Highway/Ga. 53 westbound over the Chattahoochee River: $32 million

  • Roundabouts on Green Street at Thompson Bridge Road/Morningside Drive and E.E. Butler Parkway/Academy Street: $2.7 million

  • Widening I-985 from Interstate 85 to Mundy Mill Road: $80.8 million

  • Widening Cleveland Highway/U.S. 129 from Limestone Parkway to south of Nopone Road, three phases: $76 million

  • Sardis Road Connector between Sardis Road and Thompson Bridge Road: $31 million

  • Widening Spout Springs Road from Union Circle to Thompson Mill Road: $33.6 million

Source: Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning Organization

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