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Groundbreaking set for additional Ga. 400 lanes Wednesday
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These wire barriers which currently separate the northbound and southbound sides of Ga. 400 will give way as additional lanes are added to the crowded highway.

Forsyth County will break ground on Wednesday on a major transportation project.

The Forsyth County government, along with local and state officials will hold a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Ga. 400 widening project at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority Park and Ride lot off of North Old Atlanta Road in Cumming.

The plan will eventually add an additional lane on both sides of the heavily traveled corridor from McFarland Parkway to Hwy. 369, and is expected to be completed in 2018.

An interchange is also planned at the current intersection of Ga. 400 and Hwy. 369.

To fund the project the Georgia Department of Transportation will contribute about $13 million and another $34.5 million will come from the $200 million Forsyth County Transportation Bond, which was approved by 63 percent of voters last year.

“Our citizens recognized the need to continue to enhance transportation in our county and they decided to do something about it,” said Forsyth County Commission Chair Pete Amos in a news release. “By approving Forsyth County’s Transportation Bond, they enabled the county to advance projects sooner than otherwise would have been possible, while leveraging state and federal funding, making the most of our bond dollars.”

The rest of the transportation bond will go toward other county transportation projects, which can be found online at the county’s website, www.forsythco.com.