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Keep track of projects' progress

Time-lapse videos track construction

POSTED: August 14, 2013 12:29 a.m.
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James Eubanks removes chains from an auger that will be used during construction of the new Forsyth County Courthouse in downtown Cumming.

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Residents can watch Forsyth County's new courthouse and jail rise in downtown Cumming without leaving their homes.

Time-lapse videos of the construction are available for viewing on the county web site,

Two different perspectives of the project sites are offered. One camera shows the site from Cumming City Hall. The other views it from the existing Forsyth County Courthouse.

Visitors to the site will have the option of watching weekly progress from either perspective, as well as viewing the progress-to-date time-lapse video, which includes footage from the beginning of construction to the present date.

A time-lapse video of the site demolition, completed in March, is also available.

In a statement, County Manager Doug Derrer described the construction of the two new facilities as “such a big step forward for this community in terms of our judicial and public safety infrastructure.”

"We are excited to offer the time-lapse videos as a unique way for citizens to follow the progress of these projects," he said.

The videos will be updated weekly throughout construction, which began in July and is scheduled to be completed in December 2014.

Voters approved the new facilities as part of a November 2011 referendum to extend the special purpose local option sales tax, or SPLOST, which is anticipated to collect about $200 million in six years.

The courthouse and jail projects were budgeted at $100 million of the 1-cent sales tax revenue.


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