At a Board of Commissioners Town Hall this month, Chairman John Daniell gave a timeline for significant upcoming road projects.
Work on the interchange at Ga. 316 and the Oconee Connector, as well as a Virgil Langford Road flyover are slated from 2024 to 2027. Flyovers at Mars Hill Road and McNutt Creek will begin construction in 2027. A flyover at Julian Drive is expected in 2028.
In addition to the Jimmy Daniell Road interchange, significant road work will be made at Dials Mill and Dials Mill Extension of Ga. 316 between 2024 and 2025. These projects will make Ga. 316 a “limited-access” highway, Daniell explained.
Dials Mill Plantation Property Owners Association President Sharon Thelen has asked the BOC why it’s
necessary to have construction at both intersections when they are less than a quarter mile a part.
“A full interchange at Dials Mill Road is very concerning to us because our subdivision sits very close to the intersection of Dials Mill Rd and Ga. 316,” she said at a previous BOC meeting. “GDOT would need to take land from some of the homeowners, and the entrance to our neighborhood may be impacted as well.
Thelen said an interchange at Dials Mill Road will also increase traffic in a mostly residential area.
Construction of roundabouts where Hog Mountain meets Snows Mill/Rocky Branch and Rays Church/Malcom Bridge roads will occur in 2024. The Apalachee River bridge in North High Shoals will be replaced that year as well.
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