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Ga. 400 speed limit confusion continues in Forsyth County

NORTH FORSYTH — Confusion over the correct speed limit along most of Ga. 400 in Forsyth County seemed to abound over the weekend after inaccurate signage was displayed.

The corridor is being widened from Exit 12 at McFarland Parkway and the Fulton-Forsyth County line to Hwy. 369 and the future Exit 18 interchange. As a result of the construction, the speed limit was lowered last month to 55 mph.

However, with work suspended through the holidays, the state Department of Transportation announced the speed limit would revert back to 65 mph for most of the highway.

To reflect the change, the 55 mph signs were covered up. Until they weren’t.

According to Teri Pope, a spokeswoman for the DOT, the signs somehow became uncovered, either by the weather or human error. They weren’t authorized to be removed.

“[Ga.] 400 should show 65 mph except around the Big Creek Bridge [in south Forsyth],” she said.

Anyone can simply take off the coverings on the signs starting at Exit 13 and points north, she said, and the DOT does not know how that happened.

“Wind can sometimes uncover them if they weren’t taped well,” she added.

Work is not expected to resume on the project until early January, she said.

Once that occurs, the speed limit will return to 55 mph.