SOUTH FORSYTH -- A new roundabout could be rolling into a south Forsyth Road.
At a recent work session, Forsyth County commissioners unanimously voted to move forward with a roundabout at the intersection of Shiloh Road and Shiloh Crossing. Engineering Director John Cunard said the roundabout is needed since there are already stop signs at the intersection.
“We’ve got a multi-way stop at this location that was put up around 14, 15 years ago, therefore we can’t take it down now that the traffic has increased on Shiloh Road, particularly during peak hours, causing backups and inconvenience for some residents,” Cunard said.
Drivers use it as a cut-through to avoid Ga. 400, and Cunard said improvements have already reduced traffic.
“It’s mainly due to the backups on [Ga.] 400. People are using it as a cut-through,” he said. “In fact, when the north-bound lane opened, we saw about a 25 percent reduction in the a.m. peak.”
Cunard said a project to widen Ronald Reagan Boulevard could also provide some relief.
“That project, once constructed, will run parallel to Shiloh Road, so we expect that a lot of traffic will move,” he said. “It’s probably going to be about three years.”
It will take about a year until the intersection is even ready for construction.
The roundabout had been discussed for a zoning in the area that was denied and is expected to cost about $700,000.
District 2 Commissioner Rick Swope said the project is needed.
“This is one of those areas where it won’t stay greenspace, so it’s a now or next year or 18 months [project],” Swope said. “It’ll be required at some point of time.”