Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Traffic Engineer Says County Should Not Allow Full Access Intersection On Oconee Connector For Proposed Shopping Center

***Also Recommends Roundabout On Mars Hill Road***

Based on current guidelines from the Georgia Department of Transportation and the National Cooperative Highway Research Program, a full access intersection from the Oconee Connector should not be allowed for the proposed shopping center at the Connector and Mars Hill Road.

The intersection of the Oconee Connector and SR 316 already has crash rates and injury crash rates significantly higher than the statewide average.

As a result, a full-access intersection would work against the county’s desire to maintain long-term safe and efficient traffic operation on the Oconee Connector.

A roundabout is needed at the proposed full-access entrance to the shopping center off Mars Hill Road.