FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Forsyth drivers had about a six-month break from Ga. 400 construction after northbound widening was completed in October 2016. Now, the orange barrels are back with single lane closures both north and southbound.
Drivers headed south will see lane closures from Ga. 306 to McFarland Parkway running from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. Lane closures northbound will be on the same stretch from 9 p.m. to noon.
The work will build an additional lane on Ga. 400 and requires a single lane to be closed to traffic. Northbound construction is anticipated to be complete by June. That stretch will run from just past Ga. 20 to Ga. 369. The entire project, both northbound and southbound, is scheduled to be open to traffic in October 2018.
The times were specific to traffic flow, according to Brent Cook, district engineer in the Georgia Department of Transportation Gainesville office.
“The schedule for the lane closures was coordinated to complement traffic, allowing the contractor more time to work on the northbound side in the morning, while southbound traffic is navigating to work and school,” Cook said.
The construction is part of a $47 million project to widen Ga. 400 in Forsyth County from McFarland Parkway to Ga. 369. It includes construction of one lane in the existing inside median in both directions and a bridge widening over Big Creek and the Sawnee Creek portion of Lake Lanier.
The project was funded through a partnership between Forsyth County and the Georgia Department of Transportation.
The Georgia DOT contributed $13 million and is managing the project. The remainder of the funding, approximately $34.5 million, comes from a $200 million transportation bond passed by Forsyth County voters in 2014. The bond, approved by 63 percent of Forsyth County voters, will finance a variety of transportation projects throughout the county.
“The results on this project are an example of what can be accomplished by working together,” said Rudy Bowen, State Transportation Board representing the 7th Congressional District. “Our leaders at the Georgia DOT and the Forsyth County commissioners have done a phenomenal job getting the project delivered to the public in less than a year. It was a brave decision for Forsyth leadership and its citizens to take on the responsibility of investing in transportation.”
An additional 1.8 mile section of the new lane was opened to traffic the first week of March. In October 2016, an eight-mile portion of the highway from McFarland Parkway to Ga. 20 was opened in less than a year after groundbreaking.
To view a full description of the project, visit http://bit.ly/2nSsbCl.