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Forsyth County medians to undergo beautification projects
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Some medians in Forsyth County are expected to look a little better after getting a facelift.

On Tuesday, Forsyth County commissioners voted to approve designs for four roads in District 3 and to pay $10,800 for the Foresite Group, which is handling design of the median projects. 

In a separate motion, commissioners voted to reimburse $7,000 for the Forsyth County Improvement Association, a group also known as the Peachtree Parkway Improvement District, for funds already given to the Foresite Group for work along Hwy. 20.

“By doing this landscaping, we found that there’s been less litter and less garbage. Overall, the area looks nicer,” said Kristin Morrissey with the improvement group. “People are less likely to throw trash out the window when it looks good … it also has helped speak somewhat to that desire everybody has to have a nice community feel, so we think it does more than make it look pretty.” 

In District 3, projects will be completed on medians on Bethelview, Castleberry, Mullinax roads and Ronald Reagan Boulevard. 

The Bethelview project will total $15,265 for three medians, with an additional $2,226 for sod. 

On Castleberry Road, eight medians will be improved for $126,404, and the Mullinax Road project will be an estimated $118,084 for seven medians. 

The county will have some partners on the Ronald Reagan Boulevard projects. The county and Lanier Rotary Club will split the $4,400 cost for two medians, and Northside Hospital Forsyth will fully fund a third. 

Along Hwy. 20, the plan is being split into two projects: the Cumming City limits to Samples Road, which has been completed, and from Samples to the Gwinnett County line.

District 1 Commissioner Pete Amos said he would reach out to city officials about potential medians in the city limits.

To fund projects, the improvement group and commissioners meet with local homeowners associations, who sometimes partner in projects. The projects also receive funding from donations and grants. 

Previous projects handled by the improvement group are medians in front of Big Creek Elementary and along Peachtree Parkway, including the removal of an earthen in front of a Walgreens on the road.