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Braselton getting new traffic light

BRASELTON — Traffic will soon have to wait for the green light at Duncan’s Crossing in Braselton.

Georgia Department of Transportation officials have begun flashing a traffic signal in test mode at the intersection of Ga. Highway 347 and Thompson Mill Road/Spout Springs Road. The signal is expected to become operational Thursday.

“Please slow down through the area and use extra caution until you get familiar with the new signal location,” said Georgia DOT district traffic engineer Brent Cook, who said about five rear-end crashes occur in the first year a new traffic signal is installed because people aren’t expecting to stop. “Remember to watch out for other drivers until they get used to the new signal, too.”

The new signal is part of a series of improvements to the area through a public private partnership between the DOT, the town of Braselton, Chateau Developer — Bud Chandler and Spout Springs Partners, a press release said.

Chateau Corners built a section of the four-lane divided highway that will become Ga. 347. The new signal will be synchronized with another one at the intersection of Spout Springs and Ga. 347 that was activated in June.

“The widening of (Ga.) 347 from I-985 to (Ga.) 211 will change traffic flow in the area again,” DOT district engineer Todd McDuffie said of the project, scheduled to begin in the next fiscal year. So far, the DOT has purchased 135 parcels of the 247 needed for the project.

“This public private partnership allows us to work together and get an interim improvement to the area that will improve traffic flow,” McDuffie said about the project. “We are proud to work with the town of Braselton, the Developers of Chateau Corners and Spout Springs Partners for these improvements.”