The first phase of Fayetteville’s Hwy. 92 / Hwy. 85 realignment project opened Wednesday afternoon as motorists using Hood Avenue to access Hwy. 85, or vice versa, were rerouted through a large roundabout and temporarily restricted from using the old portion of Hood Avenue that directly connected to Hwy. 85.
The new configuration was officially opened at 1:36 p.m.
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.
Fayetteville Public Services Director Chris Hindman was on site Wednesday afternoon watching the first vehicles navigate through the roundabout. While most motorists cruised straight through, one paused for a moment in the middle of the roundabout before completing the course.
Hindman said he is pleased with how the roundabout has been designed and built, and he said he expects motorists to have no trouble at all with the new arrangement after going through the roundabout once. Indeed, excepting that one vehicle, none were observed by this newspaper to have any trouble at all.
One added benefit to the roundabout’s opening is that school buses and other vehicles needing to travel from Hwy. 92 to Hood Avenue or the other way around will no longer need access to Hwy. 85, which may make a noticeable difference when schools open again in August.