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County approves street sweeping plan

Forsyth County is planning to get a new street sweeper and has some new plans to go along with it.

At a work session this week, Forsyth County Commissioners approved a new policy for which county roads will receive service from the street sweeper.

“We wanted to limit the routes to our routine sweeping designated roadways, those include roads with curb and gutter and primarily the ones we are treating right now with our zero-turn mowers … as well as some of the roads we are adding sidewalk too,” said Garrin Coleman, assistant county manager.

The sweeper will only be used for county roads, meaning state highways will be handled by the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Projects are broken down into Priority 1, roads that are swept once a month, and Priority 2, roads done every six weeks.

Priority 1 roads are Freedom Parkway, Market Place Boulevard, Ronald Reagan Boulevard, Windermere Parkway and Mathis Airport Parkway, Castleberry, Bethelview, Mullinax, Union Hill, Old Atlanta and Trammel roads.

Priority 2 roads include Little Mill Road at Hwy. 369, Audreys Way, Melody Mizer Lane and James Burgess, Bald Ridge Acres, Caney, Kelly Mill, Majors, James, Sanders, Samples, Nuckolls, Brookwood, Pilgrim Mill, Sharon and Nichols roads.

For roads that are in both the county and the city of Cumming, work will only be done on the county portion.

The total project will cost about $355,200, with $277,000 for a regenerative air street sweeper, $57,000 for salaries for operators, $12,000 in maintenance costs, $1,200 for landfill tipping fees and $8,000 for fuel.

The sweeping will be done during non-peak traffic hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The sweeper will also be used for emergency responses like downed trees to remove debris, vacuuming out stormwater manholes and removal of debris from deep mill patching done ahead of paving in neighborhoods.