Another speed bump has slowed the widening project along Hwy. 141. But this time, just for a day.
Work began Thursday instead of Wednesday on the final portion of the busy road in south Forsyth after crews were delayed in their preparations to shift traffic.
“This operation will be completed by [next] Wednesday, but that is of course if we get some cooperation from the weather,” said Georgia Department of Transportation spokesman Mohamad Arafa.
“There is a 40 percent chance of rain on Monday.”
Since 2006, motorists have endured the $50.7 million construction project to widen the road to four lanes from Hwy. 9 to McGinnis Ferry Road at the Fulton County line.
The DOT and contractor C.W. Matthews pushed the deadline for the project, which was originally supposed to be finished by July 2009, to Dec. 31, 2010.
Many factors — including the weather, snags relocating utility lines and issues with the road design firm — contributed to the rescheduling.
The 6.5-mile project is about 96 percent complete.
Crews worked Thursday to finalize the new northbound lanes of the highway from Deer Park Drive/Granite Lane to Brookwood Road/Mathis Airport Road.
Traffic has been split with one lane running on each side of the median, allowing crews to pave the southbound lanes and add a top layer of asphalt for a smooth driving surface.
“Once that top layer of asphalt is down, there isn’t much left to do,” said Randall Davis, DOT district construction engineer.
“Crews will stripe the roadway, then work on the transitions between driveways and [Hwy. 141].
“Some work to complete concrete median work remains and then just punch list items.”