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Saturday, March 26, 2016

The Road more Travelled


We have come a long way from the days when guests took a wagon trip of 5 hours to travel between Tallulah Falls and York House Inn!

Georgia DOT has unveiled its plan that in three years will begin, expanding and improving Highway 441 from Clayton Georgia to the North Carolina state line.

This highway will be designed for 18,300 cars DAILY. As thousands of our guests travel 441 annually we thought we would provide you this resource to comment on the improvements in our vicinity.

Elaborate maps and documents befitting a government project can be found at

Information
Here's the short version of the report.

SR 15/US 441 from approximately 253 feet south of Sherin Drive to approximately 146 feet north of the existing Old Wolffork Road intersection north of Mountain City. Typical Section #2. The existing SR 15/US 441 roadway would be widened to both sides for approximately 1,516 feet. A full median opening with left and right turn lanes would be provided at the intersection with Sherin Drive. The Yorkhouse Road and Old Wolffork Road would be realigned to form a new intersection that would fall in the roadway segment to the north. A median opening would not be provided at the existing intersection with Yorkhouse Road. Access provided at the existing intersection with Yorkhouse Road and Old Wolffork Road would be right turn in and right turn out only. Commercial and residential driveway access would be maintained at existing locations.

SR 15/US 441 from approximately 146 feet north of the existing Old Wolffork Road intersection to approximately 460 feet north of John Beck Dockins Road. Typical Section #2. The existing SR 15/US 441 roadway would transition from a widening to both sides of the roadway to an east widening over approximately 183 feet. The existing roadway would then be widened to the east for approximately 1,504 feet. As noted in the segment to the south, Yorkhouse Road and Old Wolffork Road would be realigned approximately 422 and 239 feet respectively to the north and form a new four-leg intersection. A full median opening with left and right turn lanes and u-turn bays would be provided at the new intersection with Yorkhouse Road/Old Wolffork Road. A full median opening with left and right turn lanes would be provided at the intersection with John Beck Dockins Road. The existing bridge over the Little Tennessee River would be widened to accommodate the required typical section with the northbound left turn lane for John Beck Dockins Road. The existing bridge over the Little Tennessee River is 99 feet long and 82 feet wide and would be widened 15 feet for a width of 97 feet. The flush median/center turn lane would be replaced with an 8-foot raised median and a 12-foot wide northbound left turn lane for John Beck Dockins Road. Commercial and residential driveway access would be maintained at existing locations.