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Expansion of Lanier 400 Parkway in Cumming nears finish
Stretch will link Pirkle Ferry, Pilgrim Mill roads
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CUMMING — The expansion of Lanier 400 Parkway between Pirkle Ferry and Pilgrim Mill roads is nearly complete and needs only some road markings painted, officials say.

According to Cumming Assistant City Manager Steve Bennett, recent soggy weather has slowed down the work on the parkway, which will run along the west side Ga. 400.

“Where you have your stop bars, your turn arrows, etc., that’s supposed to be the thermoplastic painting instead of just regular paint,” Bennett said. “… Other than that, the road is ready to go.”

Bennett added the holidays have also contributed to the delay.

“I’m hoping seriously that once this rainy weather gets out of here, I think what they have left to do they can probably do it in a day’s time,” he said.

The road, which currently ends near Forsyth County Juvenile Court, will come out on Pilgrim Mill near the Cumming Aquatic Center, University of North Georgia’s local campus, state Driver Services Center and the National Guard Regional Readiness Center.

The extension was the last of a series of projects agreed on by the governments of Cumming and Forsyth County, which contributed about $3.5 million to the effort.

“It was a city project. It was a part of some of those [1-cent sales tax] negotiations from way back,” Bennett said.

The other projects were the Canton Highway (Hwy. 20)-Kelly Mill Road crossing and improvements along Bald Ridge Marina Road to make way for Costco.

Bennett said the work to extend the parkway totaled $5.2 million and slowed after encountering rock deposits. As of Thursday, an opening date had not been set.