Michael Cira is not looking forward to roadwork slated to start Monday near his home off Caney Road.
But, the Forsyth County resident said, at least it’s a means to an end.
“That’s what happens with growth, and you don’t mind it as long as there’s progress,” he said. “If it speeds up the process, we can live with it. As long as you see light at the end of the tunnel, it’s great.”
The state Department of Transportation will close Caney for about a month as it continues the widening of Hwy. 141.
About 500 feet of the road will be closed until Oct. 23, with traffic redirected from west Caney Road to Old Alpharetta Road to Hwy. 141.
Construction will rework the intersection of western Brookwood Road and Caney Road, said department District Engineer Russell McMurry.
“The grade of Caney Road will be raised 5 feet to improve the sight distance a driver can see from Caney turning onto Brookwood,” he said. “Caney will also be straightened.”
When the intersection is ready, crews will begin work on the Hwy. 141-Brookwood Road crossing, with similar closures expected.
Cira said traveling the 6.5-mile stretch has been difficult since the Hwy. 141 widening project began in 2006.
“The portion that’s been completed from Sharon Road to Ga. 400 now makes it really nice,” he said, adding that it has quickened travel times.
But other portions of the road, he said, are “just a nightmare.”
“It can take me 30 minutes to go less than a half a mile in some cases, so it really depends,” he said. “I just prepare myself and I leave a lot earlier and try to stay away from the portions that are under construction.”
The DOT recently revised the deadline to finish the Hwy. 141 project, with work expected to end by Dec. 31, 2010.