The opening of a heavily-traveled south Forsyth road has been hampered by rainfall but is expected to open this summer.
Tim Allen, Forsyth County’s assistant director of engineering, said the project to widen Sharon Road will not be completed until the summer.
“With last year being the second-wettest year on record, it impacted all of our construction projects because it impacts not only the construction but also the utility relocation work as well, slows it down. One drives the other,” Allen said.
The $8.6 million project will widen Sharon from two to four lanes between Old Atlanta Road and Peachtree Parkway. Work began in 2017.
Allen said Forsyth County and had agreed to extend the project’s completion from March 22 to Aug. 5.
“Barring this being the third-wettest year on record, they should be able to meet that completion date,” he said. “All the utilities are currently out of the way now, so that's a good thing.”
With the utility work left, the next step is to actually put the new lanes down.
“Once it dries out, now that the utilities are out of the way, they'll be able to start putting down the rest of the new curb and gutter and shift traffic over and then build the other side, finish it out and pave it to four lanes,” Allen said. “Everybody’s going to say, ‘Gee, they did that in a hurry,’ but all the stuff underground … that all takes time. But people don’t see that and don’t comprehend that’s part of the construction equation.”