The final weeks of construction on the continuous flow intersection at Ga. 400 and Hwy. 53 are looming as crews make final touches to the first intersection of its kind in Georgia.
According to Georgia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Katie Strickland, traffic signal and lighting contractors are currently working to finish installation within the next two weeks.
After that, travelers will start seeing asphalt being put down, and final striping, Strickland said.
The project continues to have an estimated completion date of May 10 after initially breaking ground over two years ago.
According to GDOT, the new intersection should decrease congestion in the area by 85 percent.
The roadwork has not only had residents wondering about the final outcome, but also about the intersection of Lumpkin Campground Road and Hwy. 53, an intersection that some say has been made worse by the CFI improvements.
Cars often can be observed backed up for half a mile on Lumpkin Campground waiting on those turning left or right, and for those turning right onto Lumpkin Campground from Hwy. 53, especially those in large tractor trailers, the turn is very tight with the addition of new curbing via the CFI project.
Widening Lumpkin Campground, as well as creating new turn lanes at the light, are both ideas that have been tossed around by those working to find a solution.
Regardless of what could eventually happen there, Public Works Director David McKee said last week that the intersection can only be addressed as soon as the CFI is completed.
"It's been a huge topic of discussion," said McKee at the April 13 commission work session.
"The work that is going on right now is the outside limits of what DOT is doing at Ga. 400 and Hwy. 53. As we've been told, because federal funds are used for that project, they're not allowed to do any off-system improvements, which would [include] Lumpkin Campground."
McKee did say that according to Brent Cook, district engineer, GDOT has committed to funding improvements at Lumpkin Campground once the CFI project has final approval.
McKee said that GDOT would fund the future project, and county crews would do the work.
"I would venture to guess we're probably looking at late summer," McKee said about potentially starting the project.