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Hwy. 141 delays to continue
Construction project wont be finished Nov. 1
141 work
Javier Vega moves barrels blocking part of the roadway on Hwy. 141. Work on the road will likely continue for two more weeks. - photo by File photo


Halloween will offer spooks and haunts, but it’s the day after that will bring what Hwy. 141 drivers fear the most — delays.

While the Hwy. 141 widening project was expected to be completed by Nov. 1, weather and equipment failures will add another two weeks.

“It’s frustrating for us as well as the community,” said Teri Pope, spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Transportation.
“We are ready to get this project finished and allow folks to use the roadway.”

Since 2006, motorists have dealt with the $50.7 million construction project to expand the road from Hwy. 9 to McGinnis Ferry Road at the Fulton County line.

The 6.5-mile project to widen the road from two to four lanes is still about 94 percent complete.

The project was originally supposed to be finished by July 2009, but a new deadline of Dec. 31 was agreed upon by the department and contractor C.W. Matthews.

“That Nov. 1 date that C.W. Matthews had promised … was a goal they promised the community. It is nothing other than a goal,” Pope said. “Beginning Sunday they’re going to start two shifts, a day shift and a night shift, and they’re going to be paving around the clock, weather permitting.

“So, hopefully it will be sooner rather than later, but it’s not going to be by Nov. 1.”