First two of five transportation meetings held this week
Official: Heavy residential growth projected for northern Forsyth

This week, Forsyth County residents chimed in on upcoming transportation projects, and there are more opportunities coming soon for those who haven’t yet attended.

Meetings were held Tuesday at the Forsyth Conference Center at Lanier Technical College and Thursday at Central Park — the first two of five public open house events on the Forsyth County comprehensive transportation plan. 

Michael Kray, with consultant Jacobs Engineering, said the meetings sought public input on the overall plan.

“We’re kind of at the end of the planning process,” Kray said. “We’re in the third phase where we’re making recommendations. We’ve already gone through and documented the existing conditions, and we’ve done a needs assessment.”

The remaining open houses are scheduled for Nov. 28 at Lambert High School’s cafeteria, Nov. 30 at West Forsyth High School’s cafeteria and Dec. 6 at Hampton Park Library. All meetings will be from 6 to 8 p.m. and will have the same information as the first two meetings.

“We’re holding (them) in each of the five commission districts,” Kray said. “We want to make sure we give everyone a chance to attend.

The meetings will not have a formal presentation, and attendees can stop by at any time of the event. 

Information from the meetings will help influence the final plan, Kray said. The plan is expected to be voted on by commissioners sometime in 2018.

Kray said there are some major projects that have been considered for the plan, particularly in the north end of the county, which he said was likely to be developed heavily.

“The north part of the county, we’re projecting a lot of growth there in terms of residential development,” he said.

Recommendations have been made for widening projects on Browns Bridge Road (Hwy. 369) east of Hammond’s Crossing, Dr. Bramblett Road, Keith Bridge Road (Hwy. 306) to Hwy. 53 and Hwy. 53 both toward Dawsonville and Gainesville.

The projects include widening bridges over Lake Lanier into Hall County.

“We’re also coordinating with the Hall County planners,” Kray said. 

Kray said there would also be a connection between Dr. Bramblett Road and Bannister Road.

At Monday’s meeting, Hope Chalmers and Karen Fyler were among those checking out the plans.

“I’m impressed with the detail,” Chalmers said. “It is a little concerning at how rapidly things are growing, how congested things are right now. It’s kind of a double-edged sword; you’ve got the need for more growth but one of the reasons we bought out here is it didn’t have that.”

For items and information from the presentation, to make comments on the plan or for more information about the process, go to forsythtransportationplan.com.