Major Gainesville shopping center is set to get ‘long in coming’ traffic relief

Georgia Department of Transportation officials have confirmed the project, which they say is being done by a private developer. Further details, including expected completion, were unavailable on Thursday, March 3.

Traffic at the mall, which is also off the busy Dawsonville Freeway, has long been risky.

In 2017, GDOT implemented a median to prevent cars from turning left onto McEver from Village Shoppes and the anchored Kohl’s McEver Corners shopping center across the street. GDOT has also constructed a left turn lane for motorists on McEver Road wishing to access McEver Corners.

The rear entrance to Village Shoppes now allows motorists to turn right or right from the mall. One option for Village Shoppes motorists wishing to travel south on McEver Road is to wind their way through the mall to Green Hill Circle, which has a signposted intersection on the Dawsonville Expressway.

Village Shoppes is a 230,000 square foot mall that features several department stores in addition to Publix, including Party City, Marshalls, Old Navy, and Ross Dress for Less.

A 2019 traffic study commissioned by Branch Properties LLC recommended a traffic light at the rear entrance.

“It will also help alleviate congestion at the two existing signalized intersections on the Dawsonville Freeway caused by traffic exiting the mall… currently taking left turns and U-turns,” the report states.