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Turn lane welcomed at intersection
Improves flow at Hwys. 9, 53
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A new right turn lane was completed last week at Hwys. 9 and 53. The new lane is intended to improve the flow of traffic at the busy crossing. - photo by David Renner Dawson Community News

A new right turn lane has opened at Hwys. 9 and 53.

Dawsonville Mayor James Grogan said he's pleased with the change, which is intended to improve the flow of traffic at the busy crossing.

"I spent some time observing it on Friday and it seems to be working properly," he said. "I ... feel it will move the traffic through town much better."

At a cost of $45,970, the project was completed by the Georgia Department of Transportation through its "quick response" program, which allows low-cost, operational improvements to be made to the state route system.

According to transportation officials, the program projects are identified by DOT engineers or local government staff and then managed through the state's office of local grants.

"Small changes can make a big change in your commute," said Emily Dunn, who sits on the state transportation board. "The quick response program is a tool specifically for work costing less than $200,000."

The new lane is 150 feet long with a yield sign for drivers turning right on to Hwy. 53 east from Hwy. 9 north.

"It gives people driving from downtown towards the outlet center and [Ga.] 400 an area to wait while yielding to make the turn," Dunn said in a statement. "This right turn lane improves the overall operation and efficiency of the intersection. I believe it will make a big difference to the people who use the roadway daily."

Grogan views the effort as another step for Dawsonville's long-term makeover.

"Our enthusiasm for the downtown revitalization is stronger than ever as we see these improvements take shape," he said. "Remember, it's all a process and we are in the beginning phase."