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Jot Em Down slow
Project pushed back by weather
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A car passes by a Jot Em Down Road detour sign Tuesday. The road is expected to be reopened Nov. 13. - photo by Jim Dean
Peter Tinkham was pleased to hear that improvements on Jot Em Down Road may be complete next week.

The state Department of Transportation began work Sept. 23 on the northeastern Forsyth County road where it meets Browns Bridge Road (Hwy. 369).

As a result, motorists have had to detour past Jot Em Down on Hwy. 369 to Little Mill Road, then take Hwy. 306 to Jot Em Down.

Though the work was originally expected to take about a month, DOT spokeswoman Teri Pope said construction was held up for about 20 days because of rain.

Weather permitting, the road should be opened Nov. 13, she said.

Tinkham, who lives in the Riverstone Plantation subdivision off Jot Em Down, said the work is much needed.

“It’s an inconvenience but not a hassle,” Tinkham said. “It will be a vast improvement because that intersection is very, very dangerous. I think we’re all looking forward to the improvements.”

Construction affects the part of Jot Em Down closest to Hwy. 369, about 800 feet.

The work is part of a $4.04 million project to improve six intersections along bustling Hwy. 369, including Doc Bramblett, Hendrix and Waldrip roads and one side of Bethel Road.

Funding comes from the state and Forsyth County’s 1-cent sales tax.

Holtzclaw received a traffic signal in June. Other crossings receiving new lights are Bethel, Doc Bramblett and Jot Em Down.

DOT District Engineer Russell McMurry said in a statement that the work on Jot Em Down will raise the grade about 10 feet and improve sight distance.

Once finished, the road will hit Hwy. 369 at a 90-degree angle.

Pope said resurfacing of Hwy. 9 from the Fulton County line to Hwy. 20 has also begun.

That project is funded through $1.9 million in federal stimulus money and should be complete by April 30.

To lessen the impact on traffic, construction is taking place between 8 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. Sunday through Thursday.