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Firm awarded for Ga. 400 widening design
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FORSYTH COUNTY -- The widening of Ga. 400 recently received recognition by way of an award.

The expansion’s consulting and design firm, Infrastructure Consulting & Engineering, recently won the Grand Award at the Georgia Partnership for Transportation Quality Preconstruction Design Awards.

“Georgia is moving toward a bright, sustainable future for our transportation network,” said Russell McMurry, Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner, in a news release. “It is a privilege to honor those leaders who will contribute to that successful future and highlight how their partnerships and teamwork contribute to positive transportation endeavors.”

The release also praised the project for being “one of the first major transportation projects to use only state and local funding without the need for federal matching.”

The expansion was approved by Forsyth County voters in November 2014 as part of a $200 million transportation referendum.

In October, the first 8-mile stretch of the third northbound lane from McFarland Parkway (Exit 12) to north of Cumming’s Exit 14 opened to motorists.

The $47 million — $34 million provided by the 2014 bond and $13 million by state funds — project will create an additional lane on both sides of Ga. 400 from McFarland Parkway to Browns Bridge Road (Hwy. 369), which will become Exit 18.

The award was given as part of a partnership between GDOT and the American Council of Engineering Companies of Georgia.