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Projects in city on track
Updates include aquatic center
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Forsyth County News
Ground is being moved throughout Cumming.

Mayor H. Ford Gravitt and city council members were briefed on several municipal projects during their monthly meeting Tuesday. Among them: the aquatic center, new driver’s services facility and Buford Dam Road improvements.

“I am happy to report the aquatic center is on schedule,” said Bill Howell, project manager.

Passers-by may not notice much activity at the site off Pilgrim Mill Road, but Howell said that’s because most of the work has involved pipes and below-ground preparation.

“Now is the exciting part,” he said.

Sometime next month, the city’s department of driver services project will begin to stir, Howell said. The $839,000 facility is being built next door to the aquatic center by Professional Construction Group.

Howell said the facility will take about 10 months to complete. If it begins on time, construction “should end around the same time as the aquatic center.”

City engineer Jimmy Vaughan said progress may not be as smooth with the Buford Dam Road project, which will widen the corridor to four lanes with sidewalks from Hwy. 9 to Sanders Road.

Contractor C.W. Matthews has “several conflicts they have to iron out,” Vaughan said.

As has happened in the past with the contractor, working with utility companies to move lines is proving to be time intensive, Vaughan said.

To make room for the widening, one small utility company is “going to have to move their facility” that is near the Buford Dam Road-Market Place Boulevard crossing, Vaughan said.

While utility discussions are ongoing, he said survey work is under way on the $3.95 million project. Clearing for the project should start in the next week or so.

Once that’s finished, Vaughan said the road will close for about 90 days during the construction period. When exactly that will occur, however, “depends on utilities.”

In an unrelated traffic project, Cumming’s parking lot at Castleberry Road and Maple Street soon will be getting a facelift.

The city soon will begin advertising for bids to level, resurface and place a fence around the lot.