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County to air plans for widening
Mullinax, Union Hill meeting is Wednesday
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Forsyth County News
The Forsyth County engineering department will hold an open house Wednesday on plans to widen Union Hill and Mullinax roads.

The section between McFarland Parkway and Hwy. 9 is scheduled to expand from two to four lanes.

The project would also add a 20-foot median, curb and gutter, sidewalks and turn lanes where needed.

At the informal open house, people will be able to review the concept design, ask questions and comment on the plan.

Written statements will be accepted until March 24.

No one has submitted any comments yet about the proposed changes, said Tim Allen, assistant director of engineering for the county.

“That’s what the public information meeting is for is to let everybody who lives or travels that road that wants to come and have a look at the alignment that we’ve come up with so far and make comment on it,” he said. “Now’s the time to do it before we finalize the design.”

Commissioners approved design funding of $578,415 in May with firm Gresham Smith.

A time frame for construction hasn’t been set.

Depending on revenues, the project will be funded through either the county’s current 1-cent sales tax or its future extension, Allen said.

Several of the roads in that area, including Shiloh Road, McGinnis Ferry Road, Hwy. 9 and other sections of Union Hill, have been identified by the transportation committee as needing work.

“It’s just too much traffic, not enough lanes,” Allen said.

“Bottom line is, there’s several roads in that area and Mullinax/Union Hill’s one of them ... if you didn’t widen it, and you didn’t make any plans to, 10 years from now it would probably be six hours a day [of congestion] and it would just continue to degrade and get longer and longer periods of congestion.”

Donna Bobo, director of A Place Like Home Learning Center off Mullinax, said she and others at the day care are eagerly anticipating the extra lanes.

The traffic can add extra time for parents picking up and dropping off their children, she said.

“It’s a mess right now,” Bobo said. “Usually around 4:30, 5 this Mullinax Road right here is just backed up craziness.”