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Work ongoing to extend Lanier 400 Parkway in Cumming
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CUMMING — A road project is stirring tension between the governments of Forsyth County and the city of Cumming.

At a recent work session, the Forsyth County commission discussed its options with the ongoing project to extend Lanier 400 Parkway from where it dead ends by the county’s Juvenile Court Complex to Pilgrim Mill Road.

“I believe we have support here of an agreement with the city that this road was supposed to be finished by Jan. 15, 2013,” said Commissioner Jim Boff. “It’s not as far as I understand. We gave the city $3.5 million for it to be constructed. I’d like to cause it to be finished as soon as possible.”

On June 21, 2014, Forsyth County News reported that the city was going ahead with the first two phases of the road project, which included preconstruction work and grading, but not paving.

According to an agreement signed by officials from both governments on Oct. 26 2012, all road projects in the agreement would need to be completed by Dec. 31, 2014.

The other projects include a new traffic light and the addition of a lane from the northwest corner of the Bald Ridge Marina Road and Market Place Boulevard, an additional eastbound lane on Kelly Mill Road from Tolbert Street to Ga. 400 and any other related and needed improvements for those projects.

Cumming City Administrator Gerald Blackburn said the parkway delay resulted from inclement weather and rock deposits, but the project should be finished sometime in August.

“The city is building the road up through there. The county did put some money into it,” Blackburn said. “It will be finished according to Moreland Altobelli, the engineers on it, by the end of August.

“Of course, there’s been some weather issues as well as some rock issues. They assure us that everything is going well.”

No official action was taken by the county during the work session, but the issue was discussed in executive session.