Roundabout planned for intersection of Highways 372, 369
by Joshua Sharpe
October 25, 2013 11:05 PM | 3738 views | 4 4 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Georgia Department of Transportation plans to improve conditions of the heavily traveled intersection of Highways 372 and 369 in northern Cherokee by changing the four-way stop to a roundabout.

GDOT has scheduled a hearing Nov. 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Free Home Elementary School to solicit feedback from drivers on the potential construction, which has been estimated to cost $1 million and be complete in early 2017, said Ryan Fernandez, the GDOT project manager.

Fernandez said Friday the potential of building the roundabout to replace the intersection has been around since late 2011 and is intended to ease traffic conditions and increase safety.

“From all the way back to 2004, there seems to be an average about 10 crashes (a year, at the intersection),” Fernandez said, “which is way above the state average.”

GDOT spokesman Mohamed Arafa said Friday a roundabout might be the best way to improve the intersection of the two highways, which come together at a tight angle.

“This proposed roundabout may be the best traffic control mechanism at the intersection of these two moderate traffic volume state routes that come together at a steep skew with both horizontal and vertical curves,” he said.

Although not widely used in Cherokee County, the Federal Highway Administration has found roundabouts in general to be effective in helping intersections like the one at Highways 372 and 369, according to Arafa.

“Simply put, roundabouts at intersections of moderate volume traffic, such as the current intersection, help improve the flow of traffic and make it safer,” Arafa said. “They are generally navigated at slower speeds, which correlate with lower impact, less severe crashes.”

And the meeting point of Highways 372 and 369, also known as Ball Ground Road and Hightower Road respectively, might just need that type of help.

In terms of traffic, Fernandez said GDOT’s evaluations show the often-busy crossing is operating at a level of “F.”

Fernandez said residents in attendance at the hearing Nov. 12 will be able to view a presentation of how GDOT plans to fix that issue with the roundabout.

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Ken lawson
October 28, 2013
Where's my comment
Ken lawson
October 27, 2013
Have all of our people that love to spend our money gone slap crazy. One million as bad as our country needs money. The four way works fine.
October 26, 2013
Oh look, another GDOT project that will take multiple years to build and will cost $1m (plus over-runs) and the most we will ever see working on it will be 3 supervisors and 2 workers.
Trevor Williams
October 26, 2013
If this is done, they need to divert tractor-trailers onto East Cherokee. Well, really, they need to be diverted whether or not this is done. Over 1200 trucks per day travel via 372/Ball Ground Rd, and it takes its toll on both the Etowah River bridge and the stretch of road in downtown Ball Ground.
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