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.
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.
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.