First Hwy. 92 / 85 realignment phase opens today
Starting at some point today, the barrels to the side of Hood Avenue will be shifted to direct traffic through the new roundabout over to a Hwy. 92 merge and on to the existing traffic lights at Hwys. 92 and 85. (Staff Photo by Danny Harrison)

First Hwy. 92 / 85 realignment phase opens today

Starting at some point today, the barrels to the side of Hood Avenue will be shifted to direct traffic through the new roundabout over to a Hwy. 92 merge and on to the existing traffic lights at Hwys. 92 and 85. (Staff Photo by Danny Harrison)
Starting at some point today, the barrels to the side of Hood Avenue will be shifted to direct traffic through the new roundabout over to a Hwy. 92 merge and on to the existing traffic lights at Hwys. 92 and 85. (Staff Photo by Danny Harrison)

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.

Danny Harrison

Danny Harrison, a 1992 Fayette High School graduate, began his journalism career with Fayette County News in 1995. After taking several leaves of absence to pursue journalism and Christian ministry opportunities, including a few out of state and overseas, he returned full-time to Fayette County News in August 2014. Harrison earned a bachelor's degree in pastoral ministry in 2009 while serving as a missionary journalist in England and Western Europe.