Dawson County took the next step in advancing plans for a future roundabout near a popular park that borders Lake Lanier.
During their June 16 voting session, the Board of Commissioners voted to approve a right-of-way agreement for a roundabout at Thompson Creek Park Road and Ga. 53.
The county is planning to realign a section of Thompson Creek Park Road in partnership with a Georgia Department of Transportation intersection improvement project.
County attorney Jeffrey Strickland likened the realignment as a “phase one” to set the intersection up for a roundabout and added that currently, the park road “doesn’t line up properly with Dawson Forest Road.”
Through the agreement with two proximate landowners, the county will give up .784 acres and acquire 1.085 acres of land for the realignment as well as .177 and .777 acres each for various easements.
Once conveyance documents are exchanged and the property interest is received from the property owners, the county can get started on the realignment project within 30 days. It’s expected to take 6-8 months to complete, Strickland said.
Upon the realignment project’s conclusion, the county will quit claim its interest in the old road to complete the exchange, Strickland added.
Other roundabouts along Dawson Forest Road include the double installation at its intersection with Ga. 9 and a single roundabout at its intersection with Lumpkin Campground Road.