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Forsyth keeps on trucking with road construction

Old Atlanta Road, McGinnis Ferry, Ga. 369 all being improved

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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — With all the growth Forsyth County has been experiencing lately, it’s no wonder some of its roads have been under construction for what seems like an eternity.

With schools, shopping centers and neighborhoods being added yearly, the county is trying to cruise through road construction to keep up with the demand. Take a road trip with us as we update the status of a few of the major county roads under renovation.

Construction underway

Old Atlanta Road
Completion: Oct. 29
Cost: $5.7 million from SPLOST funding
This widening project will take place between Sharon Road and Nichols Road, just barely under a mile. The project will include two lanes in each direction with a raised median, shoulders, curb and gutter and five foot sidewalks. Construction is underway currently through Forsyth County Engineering.

Intersection improvements
  • Ga. 369 at Pooles Mill Road: This project includes right and left turn lanes on Ga. 369 and a right turn lane from Pooles Mill Road onto Ga. 369. Construction on the $819,883 project, funded by the transportation bond, is underway by Forsyth County Engineering and should be completed by late November.
  • Ga. 369 at Old Federal Road: This includes a left and right turn lane on Ga. 369. Construction by Forsyth County Engineering is currently underway on the project which is expected to be finished by late October. Funding is through the bond combined with Ga. 369 at Mount Tabor Road.
  • Ga. 369 at Mount Tabor Road: This includes a left and right turn lane on Ga. 369. The $1.3 million project is underway by Forsyth County Engineering and should be completed by late October. Funding is through the bond combined with Ga. 369 at Old Federal Road
  • Wallace Tatum Road at Burnt Bridge Road: This project will include a left and right turn lane on Holbrook Road. The $377,179 project was funded by SPLOST through Forsyth County Engineering and should be completed mid-August.
  • Ga. 400 at Jot-em-down Road: This projects includes left turn lanes on Jot-em-down Road with a signal upgrade. Forsyth County Engineering is heading the project that costs $415,972 and should be completed by late August. Ga. 306 at Little Mill Road: This project by Forsyth County Engineering includes left and right turn lanes on Ga. 306. It cost $820,000 from the transportation bond and should be completed by late August.
  • Ga. 53 at Dogwood Path: This project includes right by-pass lane and is being constructed by Forsyth County Engineering. The $874,101 project from the transportation bond should be completed by late August.

Design underway

McGinnis Ferry Road at Ga. 400 interchange
Start date: 2019
Cost: $30 million through transportation bond and state funding
This project runs less than half a mile from Bethany Bend to Union Hill Road. It consists of constructing a full diamond interchange on Ga. 400 at McGinnis Ferry Road.

The project would add northbound and southbound auxiliary lanes on Ga. 400 south to Windward Parkway ramps and north to McFarland Parkway ramps of the existing McGinnis Ferry Road bridge, which would be replaced.

McGinnis Ferry Road would be widened to four lanes on the Fulton County side of Ga. 400 and to six lanes on the Forsyth side of Ga. 400 including a curb and gutter with 5-foot sidewalks and/or a multi-use path. Right and left turn lanes would be added and a proposed bridge would be designed to span the future managed lanes on Ga. 400.

Design is underway by Forsyth County Engineering and the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Ga. 369 truck passing lanes
Start date: 2020
Cost: $5.5 million through SPLOST/state/federal funding
This five-mile project will include two lanes with a 12-foot passing lane and 10-foot rural shoulders, with 6.5 feet paved. It will run from the Cherokee County Line to Hightower Circle. The design is underway by Forsyth County Engineering and Georgia Department of Transportation.

James Road Sidewalk
Start date: 2017
Cost: $48,860 through SPLOST
The project will install a 5-foot sidewalk with a curb and gutter along James Road. It will connect the existing sidewalk east of Wakefield Trace to the existing sidewalk at the DeSana Middle School property. The project also includes a crosswalk on James Road at Chadbourn Trail and Wakefield Trace. Design is underway by Forsyth County Engineering and work should begin sometime this year.

Ga. 369 at Little Mill Road
Start date: 2017
Cost: N/A but provided by the transportation bond
Design is underway for this project by Forsyth County Engineering. It will include a sidewalk project from Lawson Circle to Valley Forest Drive.


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