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Hwy. 141 on track to finish this month
Spokeswoman: Weather could have final say
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Forsyth County News

 


The commute along Hwy. 141 could become much less scary the day after Halloween.

Since 2006, motorists have been plagued by construction along the busy corridor.

But as of Friday, the 6.5-mile project to widen the road from two to four lanes was about 94 percent complete and on track for a Nov. 1 finish.

Teri Pope, spokeswoman for the state Department of Transportation, said traffic between Brookwood Road and Deer Lake Drive/Granite Lane has been shifted to the two new lanes. Pavers are set to go in Tuesday to work on the two old lanes.

“As soon as the paving gets done, they can stripe it and we can separate the lanes of traffic,” said Pope, adding that weather could impede progress.

“If it rains for a week, we’re going to be in a world of hurt.”

The $50.7 million project to expand the road from Hwy. 9 to McGinnis Ferry Road at the Fulton County line was originally supposed to be finished by July 2009.

Many factors have contributed to delays. Among them: foul weather, hitches relocating utility lines and issues with the road design firm.

In recent months, however, the project has picked up pace.

Since the beginning of summer, Pope noted, contractor C.W. Matthews has been saying it would open the road about two months ahead of the revised Dec. 31 completion date.

“Georgia DOT is thankful to be in the final stages of widening 141,” Pope said. “We appreciate the patience of motorists and look forward to getting all four lanes open to traffic.

“Weather will play a big part in finishing the paving, so say a prayer for dry weather as paving begins next week.”