Fayetteville motorists paying attention in the area of Glynn Street (Hwy. 85) and Hood Avenue will be aware that the first phase of the Hwy. 85 / Hwy. 92 realignment project will take place some time today.
Those not paying attention might get confused.
Nevertheless, Fayetteville city officials say they’re hopeful the realignment project will be completed by year’s end and will help alleviate much of the traffic now clogging Downtown Fayetteville at peak hours.
At some point today, motorists traveling eastbound on Hood Avenue will be rerouted to the left just before reaching the Hwy. 85 intersection. That detour of sorts will send them through the edge of a new, large roundabout before they merge with normal Hwy. 92 eastbound traffic and queue at the existing traffic lights at Hwy. 85.
Motorists wanting to travel westbound on Hood Avenue will then turn from Hwy. 85 onto Hwy. 92 and then turn left into the roundabout, which will take them through to Hood Avenue.
That improvement alone is likely to improve traffic conditions in that immediate area.
Over the coming months, according to Fayetteville Director of Public Services Chris Hindman, Georgia Department of Transportation engineers will install a new set of traffic lights at the intersection of Hwy. 85 and what is now Hood Avenue. When the new lights are ready to operate, the current lights will be discontinued and removed, and traffic will be directed down to the new intersection.
Additionally, Hood Avenue will be extended across Hwy. 85 eastward where it will meet a new roundabout near Wings N Things. From there, motorists will be able to continue eastbound to North Jeff Davis Drive or turn southbound onto a new roadway that will connect with Church Street at a new intersection at Church Street.