Should the DOT Widen Rt 347?

The GA DOT proposes a "roundabout" near Lake Lanier Islands.
The GA DOT proposes a “roundabout” near Lake Lanier Islands.

Route 347 near Chateau Elan is Thompson Mill Road.  A bit to the west it’s called Friendship Road, before it becomes Holiday Road.  It won’t be long before much of the highway will be known as Lanier Islands Parkway.

The Georgia Department of Transportation wants to hear your opinion about the proposed widening of State Route 347 — from McEver Road to Lake Lanier Islands in Hall County — into a 14-foot, two-way left turn lane or continuous center turning lane between McEver Road and Lake Lanier Islands, and constructing right turn lanes as needed at intersecting roads.

The current Rt. 347 and New Bethany Road intersection would be reconfigured and relocated north of its existing location as a roundabout.  The plan includes a 10-foot multi-use path and a five-foot sidewalk.

There is no official word on the installation of bleachers so that viewers can watch “the demolition derby” when houseboats try to navigate the roundabout.

An Open House meeting is scheduled from 5 to 7 PM on Thursday, October 10, 2013, at the Lanier Islands Community Church located at 6302 Lanier Islands Parkway in Buford.  Georgia DOT Engineers and consultants will be available to discuss the proposal.  There will not be a formal presentation during the open house.

Anyone unable to attend the public information open house may send comments on the project to:

  • Glenn Bowman, State Environmental Administrator – Georgia DOT
  • 600 West Peachtree Street, 16th Floor
  • Atlanta, Georgia 30308.

All comments will be considered in the development of the final project design and must be received by October 24, 2013.

After the open house meetings, plans and handouts can be viewed at the Georgia DOT Area Office located at 2594 Gillsville Highway in Gainesville. Project information will be available on the DOT website after the open house meetings at  On the home page choose “Information Center” then Public Outreach” and select the project’s county and choose “Go.”  A list of active DOT projects in that county will appear.

There’s more to the Georgia Department of Transportation than roads and bridges – much more.  In fact, Georgia DOT is one of the state’s largest, most active environmental protection agencies.  Each day, Department specialists work to insure its projects do not harm our drinking water, cultural resources, streams, endangered species, wetlands, historic sites, rivers, air quality, harbors, threatened species, floodplains, special architecture, fish populations, wildlife habitats, noise levels, important archaeological features, disadvantaged communities, native peoples, farmlands, migratory birds and more.  For more information on Georgia DOT, please visit or subscribe to our Press Release RSS feed.  You may follow us on Facebook ( and Twitter (

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Robert J. Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life in Gainesville, GA.
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