By Kristi Reed
If you shop in Duncan's Corner or visit medical offices at Medical Plaza 1 on Thompson Mill Road, be prepared for major road changes in the area.
On March 13, the road project contractor will begin shifting traffic to the new section of State Route 347. Two new lanes will open from Spout Springs Road to Corners Drive, located west of Medical Plaza 1.
According to the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), one lane in each direction will open, allowing construction to move forward. Delays are expected as the shift occurs.
“Please slow down and use extra caution through the area as motorists get used to these changes. There will be slight changes to each road that intersects SR 347 and of course, using the new road to get to the retail areas of Duncan’s Corner will be quite different for motorists. Drive carefully as drivers work through the learning curve of these changes,” Georgia DOT District Engineer Bayne Smith said in a released statement.
The new section of SR 347 will connect with Spout Springs Road north of Thompson Mill Road at the intersection marked New Friendship Road (near McDonald's and CVS, north of Sonic and Trigger Time).
According to GDOT Communications Officer Teri Pope, the existing intersection of Spout Springs Road and Thompson Mill Road will remain unchanged. Motorists will still be able to use Thompson Mill Road, but it will no longer be a state route.
SR 347 begins near Lake Lanier Islands and ends at SR 211 (Old Winder Highway). The road passes the site of the new Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton.
In February of this year, traffic shifted to the newly built lanes of SR 347 between Corners Drive and SR 211. Those lanes pass directly in front of the new hospital site and the existing Medical Plaza 1 facility.
The contract for the 7.97-mile long, $38.4 million project was awarded to E.R. Snell Contracting Inc. of Snellville. All lanes of SR 347 between Spout Springs Road and SR 211 are expected to be open to traffic by April 12, 2014. The contract completion date for the entire SR 347 project is January 2016.
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