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Fowler Road to close for two months
Culvert work timed with summer break
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Forsyth County News
Fowler Road will be closed to through traffic for two months starting Monday.

The road, which runs between Mullinax Road and Hwy. 9, will be blocked off to allow for construction of a concrete box culvert at a tributary to Big Creek.

Fowler Road is expected to reopen Aug. 6.

Tim Allen, assistant director of engineering, said in a statement that the project’s goal is to eliminate flooding issues.

“The existing cross drain pipes are grossly undersized,” he said, “which has made the closing of Fowler Road occur at least four times each year over the past decade.”

The project will not have any impact on the flow of Big Creek or flooding issues on the nearby Big Creek Greenway trail, he said.

Construction is timed with the school system’s summer break, Allen said, so “school traffic will not be an issue.”

The last day of school was May 28. The 2010-11 school year begins Aug. 9.

The remainder of the work will be completed under traffic in August, said county spokeswoman Jodi Gardner.

“The engineering department has advised that a 90-day construction schedule is very short for this type of project,” she said.

Residents living in subdivisions along the road will not be able to pass through the culvert construction zone during June and July, Gardner said.

The project, awarded to Reid & Reid Contractors, is funded by revenue from the 1-cent sales tax program.