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Plans call for a cross-Hall County connector road.

Plans call for a cross-Hall County connector road.

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  • 1. Northern Connector Study Policy Committee Meeting August 11, 2009 GHMPO Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning Organization GHM PO
  • 2. Study Process Data Collection Stakeholder and MPO Meetings Conducted 3 Stakeholder Meetings Establish and Verify Need Identify Corridor Alternatives Complete Needs Assessment GHM PO
  • 3. Study Area Old Study Area New Study Area GHM PO
  • 4. What about Growth? Between the years 2005 and 2030 Estimated population growth up by “155%” to 395,460 Estimated employment growth up by “331%” to 280,000 Source: Hall County Comprehensive Plan Minor Update (2009) and 2030 GHMPO Long Range Transportation Plan Update (2007) GHM PO
  • 5. What about Growth? (contd.) Traffic volumes on SR 365 have increased “61%” between 1992 and 2002. Traffic volumes are forecasted to increase “126%” by 2030 on SR 365. 2002 traffic – 32,057 2030 traffic – 72,448 Hall County is implementing a plan to extend sewer service along the SR 365 corridor north of Gainesville. Source: GDOT SR 365 Corridor Study (2009) GHM PO
  • 6. GHM PO RD S OR I T RD EC SA NN CO Traffic Count Locations
  • 7. Traffic Counts Traffic Counts at Specific Locations in the Study Area 2007 2008 2030 E+C White Sulphur Rd 4,550 4,440 15,862 SR 365 30,050 28,580 58,828 Lula Rd 5,700 4,410 15,160 Clarks Bridge Rd 8,080 7,880 19,400 Cleveland Hwy 16,120 15,870 26,860 Mt Vernon Rd 7,650 7,460 15,200 Thompson Bridge Rd 19,510 19,210 69,570 Dawsonville Hwy 24,720 24,340 53,100 Jesse Jewel Pkwy 26,020 25,610 57,540 EE Butler Pkwy 32,770 31,950 41,780 GHM PO
  • 8. Identifying Alternatives Stakeholder and MPO Input Alignment Alternative Research Tool Defensible Process Inclusive Process Standardized Process Reasonable alternatives based on ranking process GHM PO
  • 9. Northern Connector Logical Termini Western terminus will be at Thompson Bridge Road (Sardis Road Connector) Eastern terminus will be on SR 365 Whitehall Road White Sulphur Road GHM PO
  • 10. Potential Alternatives AART determined reasonable alignments Based on data layer rankings 1A - White Sulphur Road to Thompson Bridge Road 2A - White Sulphur Road to Thompson Bridge Road with 250 foot buffer around buildings 1B - Whitehall Road to Thompson Bridge Road 2B - Whitehall Road to Thompson Bridge Road with a 250 foot buffer around buildings GHM PO
  • 11. Potential Alternatives 2B 1B 2A 1A GHM PO
  • 12. Potential Alternatives Modeled 2A - White Sulphur Road to Thompson Bridge Road with a 250 foot buffer around buildings 2B - Whitehall Road to Thompson Bridge Road with 250 foot buffer around buildings GHM PO
  • 13. Potential Alternatives Modeled 2B 2A GHM PO
  • 14. Traffic Counts Traffic Counts at Specific Locations in the Study Area 2030 E+C Percent 2030 E+C Percent Road Name 2007 2008 2030 E+C Scen A Change Scen B Change White Sulphur Rd 4,550 4,440 15,862 18,408 16.05% 14,200 -10.48% SR 365 30,050 28,580 58,828 56,418 -4.10% 50,380 -14.36% Lula Rd 5,700 4,410 15,160 13,558 -10.57% 14,042 -7.37% Clarks Bridge Rd 8,080 7,880 19,400 15,724 -18.95% 12,994 -33.02% Cleveland Hwy 16,120 15,870 26,860 28,400 5.73% 22,808 -15.09% Mt Vernon Rd 7,650 7,460 15,200 10,902 -28.28% 9,580 -36.97% Thompson Bridge Rd 19,510 19,210 69,570 64,722 -6.97% 63,025 -9.41% Dawsonville Hwy 24,720 24,340 53,100 50,656 -4.60% 52,256 -1.59% Jesse Jewel Pkwy 26,020 25,610 57,540 57,858 0.55% 50,006 -13.09% EE Butler Pkwy 32,770 31,950 41,780 33,052 -20.89% 33,642 -19.48% Northern Connector n/a n/a n/a 33,036 n/a 22,324 n/a GHM PO
  • 15. Potential Alternatives Impacts Potential Alternative 2A 2B Termini White Sulphur Rd. to Whitehall Road to Thompson Thompson Bridge Road Bridge Road Length 7.5 miles 9.2 miles Area of 250’ Corridor 228.27 acres 281.23 acres Wetlands Acres Impacted Lake 21.49 11.39 Freshwater Emergent 0.94 0.72 Freshwater Forested/Shrub Wetland 0 0.72 Total Non-Lake 0.94 1.44 Total 22.73 12.83 Rare Species Broadleaf White Spirea (plant) 1 (potential) 1 (potential) Indian Olive (plant) 1 (potential) 1 (potential) Total 2 (potential) 2 (potential) Conservation Opportunity Areas Acres Impacted Class 2 (patches greater than 100 hectares and including terrestrial vertebrate species habitat) 0 27.12 Total 0 27.12 Conservation Opportunity Areas Acres Impacted Don Carter State Park 0 0.04 Total 0 0.04 GHM PO
  • 16. Potential Alternatives Impacts Potential Alternative 2A 2B Flood Zone Acres Impacted In Flood Zone 29.88 25.76 Total 29.88 25.76 Number of Stream Crossings Intermittent 3 5 Perennial 2 3 Other 15 11 Total 20 19 Future Land Use Acres Impacted Suburban Low Density 157.81 145.11 Industrial 9.18 12.52 Institutional/Public 5.59 2.77 Mixed-Use Transitional 6.48 0.99 Retail Commercial 11.84 3.85 Parks/Recreation/Conservation 37.37 29.45 Rural Medium Density 0 86.54 Total 228.27 281.23 GHM PO
  • 17. Potential Alternatives Impacts Potential Alternative 2A 2B Parcel Land Class Acres Impacted No Code 36.71 32.80 A 22.61 28.93 C (commercial) 0.40 0.28 E 5.69 2.81 R (residential) 99.22 76.77 V (vacant) 56.77 126.87 Total 221.39* 268.46* Number of Buildings Impacted Building 43 35 Shed 6 6 Total 49 41 Number of Railroad Crossings Norfolk Southern 1 1 Total 1 1 GHM PO
  • 18. Potential Alternatives Impacts Potential Alternative 2A 2B Number of Road Crossings Autry Road Local 0 1 Bill Minor Road Private 0 1 Buffington Farm Road Local 1 0 Cagle Road Local 1 1 Clarks Bridge Road State 1 1 Cleveland Highway State 1 1 Clubhouse Drive Private 0 1 Cornelia Highway State 1 1 Destitute Way Private 2 1 Forest Cove Road Local 1 0 Hidden Valley Road Local 1 0 Highland Circle Local 0 1 Highland Ridge Run Local 1 0 Highland Road Local 1 1 Hillcrest Drive Private 1 0 Honeysuckle Road Local 0 2 Indian Trail Local 1 0 Jack Wilson Road Private 1 1 Johnathan Way Local 1 0 Laurel Lane Local 1 0 Mount Vernon Road State 1 1 Shirley Road Local 1 1 Simpson Road Local 0 1 Thompson Bridge Road State 1 1 Tradition Drive Local 1 1 Water Lily Drive Local 1 0 Whitehall Road Local 1 0 Wishing Well Terrace Total Local 1 23 0 18 GHM PO
  • 19. Alternative Comparisons Percent Percent Alternative 2030 E+C 2A Change 2B Change System Vehicle Miles Traveled 8,165,444 8,147,605 -0.22% 8,241,534 0.92% Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) Jesse Jewel Parkway 197,324 161,746 -18.03% 169,345 -16.52% E.E. Butler 98,858 97,563 -1.31% 97,820 -1.06% White Sulphur Road 76,215 87,572 14.90% 79,924 4.64% Clarks Bridge Road 141,545 136,790 -3.36% 146,832 3.60% Cleveland Highway 319,719 324,149 1.39% 322,745 0.94% Mount Vernon 108,608 105,969 -2.43% 96,983 -11.99% Thompson Bridge 517,813 597,511 15.39% 510,249 -1.48% Dawsonville Highway 353,300 321,733 -8.94% 327,152 -7.99% GHM PO
  • 20. Conclusions Despite the fact that alignment 2B is 1.7 miles longer than alignment 2A, the impacts of both alignments are similar. The greatest differences occur in the conservation opportunity areas, future land use and parcel land use categories. Because alignment 2B lies further north and in more rural areas, it lies in 27 acres of potential species of concern habitat. Alignment 2B also impacts nearly 87 acres of future land use designated as rural medium density, while alignment 2A has no impacts in this category. Analysis of the existing parcel land use reveals that alignment 2A impacts more residential parcels while alignment 2B’s main impacts are on vacant parcels. GHM PO
  • 21. Conclusions Overall VMT is slightly lower under Alternative 2A Jesse Jewel Parkway and E.E. Butler VMT is reduced under both 2A and 2B Northern Connector reduces traffic volumes on key arterials Northern Connector improves travel times and mobility Northern Connector will be further evaluated during the 2040 LRTP planning process using updated socioeconomic data included in the travel demand model GHM PO
  • 22. Questions and Comments GHM PO