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Buford Dam roadwork nearly finished
Official: Project could come in under budget
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Theodore Dunlop takes measurements at the intersection of Buford Dam Road and Hwy. 9. Officials say work at the intersection is nearly complete. - photo by Autumn Vetter


Work on Buford Dam Road is nearly complete.

Steve Bennett, Cumming’s assistant city administrator, said the project is finished except for final cleaning and inspections.

“It’s looking good,” he said. “We have some final stuff when you pour sidewalks, some cracks that have to be taken out and replaced and sweeping, but mostly everything’s done.”

Bennett added that city leaders will also complete a final punch list of items sometime in the next couple weeks.

“Before the end of this month, everything should be completely done,” he said. “We’re looking for that punch list stuff to be minimal.”

The project, which included widening Buford Dam Road up to four lanes and adding sidewalks from Sanders Road to Hwy. 9, began several months ago.

Construction was handled by C.W. Matthews at a projected cost of $3.8 million, with about $1.8 million coming from the state.

“I feel comfortable that we’ll come in on budget or maybe a little under,” Bennett said.

Since a portion of the funding came from the state, Bennett said Georgia Department of Transportation crews will also have to sign off on the project.

The project also included widening and adding sidewalks and cages to the bridge over Ga. 400, as well as adding turn lanes at Buford Dam Road and Hwy. 9. 

“The businesses on that corner there have been very understanding and we really appreciate that,” Bennett said.

Overall, Bennett said, the project went smoothly and will make have a positive impact on traffic in the area.

“Hopefully, and I think you can already see, this will move more people faster once they’re inside the city limits.”