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Pilgrim Mill traffic signal slowed by manufacturer delay
City hall

Some unforeseen issues are holding up a new traffic light in the city of Cumming.

At a meeting this week, engineer Jason Cook with Moreland Altobelli updated the Cumming City Council on a new traffic signal at the intersection of Pilgrim Mill Road and Lanier 400 Parkway to one side and Parkside Walk to the other. 

McCook said the issue has been held up by a six-month wait to order the poles recommended for the sign due to a manufacturers delay.

Luckily for the city, Gwinnett County has two of the poles that are needed but will need to surplus them.

“We’ve agreed to buy them, we’ve agreed to replace them when the stock becomes available, so I don’t understand really what we’re waiting on,” said Mayor H. Ford Gravitt. 

McCook said Gwinnett has to go through an official process to surplus the poles.

“I’m going to personally try to make some calls and see if we can get the poles ASAP,” Gravitt said.

The new signal was approved at the council’s May meeting after hearing from residents of the Parkside at Pilgrim Mill Homeowners Association. 

At the time, design was estimated to be about $12,000 and installation about $170,000. It does not appear the city needed to purchase right of way. 

City officials want the light before the opening of the new Alliance Academy for Innovation of Cumming-Forsyth County, an alternative high school focused on high-demand, high-growth careers, in 2018. The school is located on Lanier 400 Parkway.