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GDOT Will Turn 316 Into a Freeway

Construction is scheduled to begin in 2024 on four of nine intersection projects in Oconee County that are part of a massive effort to transform State Route 316 into what the Georgia Department of Transportation is calling “a freeway-style corridor.”

Included in the initial construction is a “bundle” of projects that will include multi-grade intersections at the Oconee Connector and SR 316 and at Jimmy Daniell Road and SR 316.

The “bundle” also includes a bridge carrying Virgil Langford Road, currently blocked, across SR 316.

Construction also is scheduled for 2024 for what now appears likely to be a bridge over SR 316 at Dials Mill Extension in the far west of the county.

Documents assembled on a special web page of GDOT for SR 316 show a total of 31 projects beginning at SR 20 in Gwinnett County and continuing to the intersection of SR 316 and SR 10 Loop in Oconee County.

The nine projects in Oconee County are, from west to east, improvements to SR 316 intersections with Dials Mill Extension, Dials Mill Road, McNutt Creek Road, Mars Hill Road, Julian Drive, Jimmy Daniell Road, Virgil Langford Road, the Oconee Connector and Loop 10.

Design work for all of the Oconee County projects is incomplete, but the current cost estimate for the nine projects is $262 million, with construction start dates beginning in 2024 and running through 2032.

For more, visit Oconee County Observations.