FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Forsyth County is asking the Georgia Department of Transportation to consider changing the location of the proposed traffic signal at the entrance of the Walmart store on Ga. 369.
County Attorney Ken Jarrard said the county is asking the statet to relocate the signal once the widening on Ga. 369 is completed.
“Right now, it appears there is permission for that signal to be at the entrance of Walmart,” Jarrard said. “But based upon the widening, there is an interest by the board that it needs to be changed to the entrance to the Bridgetown subdivision. That would make the most traffic safety sense.”
If it does get moved, Walmart patrons will still have access to the signal.
The board sent a letter to GDOT requesting the existing signal permit be changed to a temporary permit.
Additionally, the board voted to direct American Engineering to revise the traffic engineering study and the plans to show the traffic signal and stub street at Bridgetown that will be part of the Ga. 369 widening project when constructed.
The light would connect Ga. 369 to Ga. 9, or Dahlonega Highway, and would go near a planned residential development and the Forsyth County Fire Department off Settingdown Road.
Commissioner Cindy Jones Mills, who represents the affected area, said GDOT recommended making the signal part of the Ga. 369 widening project.
In June 2016, the county broke ground on Walmart off Browns Bridge Road, or Ga. 369, west of Ga. 400. A building permit was approved in April 2016 for the 44-acre property and construction is underway.
The store will be 185,000 square feet with a fresh grocery, dry goods, general merchandise, pharmacy, tire and lube express and optical.
It is expected to open in November, Mills said.
Ga. 369 has multiple projects underway including right and left turn lanes on Ga. 369 and a right turn lane from Pooles Mill Road onto Ga. 369; a left and right turn lane on Ga. 369 at the intersection at Old Federal Road; a left and right turn lane on Ga. 369 at the intersection at Mount Tabor Road; and Ga. 369 truck passing lanes.