DAWSONVILLE — In response to increased commercial development in the area, motorists can expect to see new traffic signals along the Ga. 400 corridor within the next few months.
Dawson County officials announced last week that new signals will go in at five locations, including two on Ga. 400 and two on Hwy. 53.
A fifth traffic signal will be installed at Dawson Forest Road where it meets Gordon Moss Road.
That is the entrance to the Dawson Marketplace, which is set to open by the first quarter of 2017 and will feature the state's largest Kroger grocery store, Ross Dress for Less, Marshall's, PetCo and other tenants.
The two traffic signals on Hwy. 53, one at the entrance to Burger King and the Ingles shopping center and one at Dawson Village Way near Sonic, are due to the continuous flow intersection under construction at the crossing.
The other three signals are intended to support the major retail developments going in at Dawson Forest Road and Ga. 400.
There will be a traffic light at Carlisle and Whitmire roads on Ga. 400, as well as at Quill Road, which will serve as entrance to the new Publix shopping center.
Set to open this fall in a 45,600-square-foot space, Publix supermarket will anchor the shopping plaza, where Brooklyn Joe's Pizzeria, Lee Nails, Great Clips and a Chili's restaurant outparcel have committed.
All of the new signals will be paid for by developers, according to county officials.
Dawson’s government will be responsible for the electrical use of all traffic signals. That total is expected to be less than $1,000 per year per signal.
Installation of all five traffic signals is expected to be complete by year’s end.