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Road work causes shift to Thompson Mill traffic

Traffic will shift Thursday, as road crews reach a milestone on a widening of Georgia Highway 347, also known as Thompson Mill Road.

At about 9 a.m., if weather cooperates, road crews from E.R. Snell Contracting plan to begin the shift of Ga. 347 from Spout Springs Road to Chateau Corners Drive. Delays are expected while the shift work continues until mid-afternoon.

The move opens two new lanes along the stretch — one in each direction — to allow construction to move forward, giving crews room to work in the lanes currently in use.

“Please slow down and use extra caution through the area as motorists get used to these changes. There will be slight changes to each road that intersects SR 347 and of course, using the new road to get to the retail areas of Duncan’s Corner will be quite different for motorists,” Georgia DOT district engineer Bayne Smith said of the milestone in the $38.4 million project. “Drive carefully as drivers work through the learning curve of these changes.”

Last month, traffic shifted on an adjacent stretch of the road, from Ga. 211 to Chateau Corners Drive, so Thursday’s shift will yield one lane in each direction on newly built roadway on the nearly 8-mile route from Spout Springs to Ga. 211.