CUMMING — Starting tonight, crews will be repaving a nearly 6-mile stretch of Hwy. 9 between Hwy. 20 in Cumming and Hwy. 369 in north Forsyth.
According to the state Department of Transportation, the work will occur from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sundays through Fridays.
The work will start at Hwy. 369 and proceed south to Hwy. 20. Once crews reach that intersection, they will turn around and patch the northbound lane.
A pilot vehicle will direct traffic through the work zone overnight. Delays are likely, but no daytime or Saturday lane closures are expected.
This section of Hwy. 9 was last resurfaced in 2004, according to the DOT.
Officials say the first phase of the $1.2 million project involves removing damaged asphalt and rebuilding sections from the road base up.
The next phase will be to resurface the road, followed by the final phase of installing a smooth driving surface.
The project, which is being handled by C.W. Matthews Contracting Company, is expected to be completed by Nov. 30.
DOT District Engineer Bayne Smith asked for patience as the project is under way.
“This resurfacing needs to be done,” he said. “If the weather cooperates, we expect this work concludes much sooner than the completion dates.
“Please slow down through the work zone even when crews aren’t present, for your own safety. Most crashes in work zones occur when the work zone is not active.”