Construction has begun on the roundabout at Martin and JM Turk roads in South Hall County.
Workers are grading in a field off the intersection, which is near 12Stone Church and Martin Technology Academy of Math and Science.
“Construction should be substantially complete by the first day of school,” or Aug. 7, Hall County spokesman Brian Stewart said.
As far as impact on drivers, “the construction plans are designed so that there shouldn’t be any road closings or detours required,” he said.
However, Stewart added, “there is always the possibility of a brief closing with flagmen for things like heavy equipment moving and power pole removal.”
Construction of the roundabout was recommended in a Martin Road transportation study completed in early 2018.
The road fix “would be effective in solving the geometric problems at this intersection, as well as improving the overall safety,” states a report submitted to Hall County by Newnan-based Wilburn Engineering.
Hall County agreed and pursued the improvement, along with multi-way stop signs on Martin Road in an overall move to slow traffic on the busy road.
“Rumble” strips on the road, or pavement bumps that help slow traffic before the stop signs, will stay in place, Rearden also said in the email.
Martin Road could pick up more traffic as a new interchange off Interstate 985 is completed later this year. Exit 14 will flow traffic onto Martin Road and H.F. Reed Industrial Parkway.