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'Last big push' on road project
Work Tuesday likely to trigger traffic
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A traffic signal has been installed at Mary Alice Park and Atlanta roads in Cumming. DOT crews will be working Tuesday to finalize construction of the intersection. - photo by Jim Dean

Officials with the state Department of Transportation are advising motorists to avoid a busy Cumming intersection Tuesday.

According to the department, crews will be working that day to finalize the reconstruction of the intersection where Atlanta Highway meets Meadow Drive and Bald Ridge and Mary Alice Park roads.

“Condensing the work into one day will allow us to cause the least disruption to traffic,” said Harold Mull, DOT district construction engineer.

Crews will begin work shortly after sunrise Tuesday and will continue through the evening.

A portion of Mary Alice Road at Bald Ridge Road will be closed for crews to remove temporary asphalt and tie the roads together permanently.

The new traffic signal at the crossing, which was installed in March, will also become operational after the roadwork is complete Tuesday night.

Mull advised motorists to find alternate routes all day long if possible.  

“Please avoid the area Tuesday if you can,” he said. “Please be patient Tuesday through this last big push.”

After Tuesday, all that will remain of the work at the site is to finish the right turn lane from Atlanta Highway to Meadow Drive, pave the top layer of asphalt on the entire project, and install permanent striping.

The project began a year ago and has a total price tag of $6.4 million, which is coming from a combination of federal and state funding.

The city of Cumming also contributed $1.5 million to buy right of way.

Baldwin Paving Company was awarded the construction contract of about $1.5 million, and the total project is slated to be complete by June 30.

Improvements include connecting Mary Alice Park and Bald Ridge roads. They will flow together and join Meadow, which will be extended.

Meadow will then meet Atlanta Highway at the new traffic light, and stop signs will be added at Mary Alice Park and Bald Ridge roads.

Other upgrades include making all the intersections 90-degree angles, as well as leveling some hills to flatten the topography, and improving grades of roads to straighten them as much as possible.  

Mull said motorists should notice the improvements to the intersection more after Tuesday’s work is done.

“Traffic will flow more efficiently and the overall operation of the area will be greatly improved once these changes are complete,” he said.