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Major work coming to Hwy. 369, Waldrip
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Forsyth County News


Drivers who travel Hwy. 369 past Waldrip Circle in northeastern Forsyth County may want to consider an alternate route in the weeks ahead.

Weather permitting, the Georgia Department of Transportation plans to begin work Tuesday on the crossing.

The project is the last of six intersection improvements along the well-traveled Hwy. 369 corridor.

“Traffic will be able to access the area from Vann’s Tavern Road,” said Randall Davis, department district construction engineer. “Please use extreme caution in the area as people get used to the detour.”

The crossing is in the Oscarville community, near Lake Lanier and the Forsyth-Hall County line.

To date, improvements to Hwy. 369 crossings at Doc Bramblett, Holtzclaw, Hendrix, Shady Grove and Jot Em Down roads have been completed.

Waldrip, the last section, involves two time-consuming efforts, according to the DOT.

First, crews will shift Waldrip Circle behind the Oscarville Store and line it up across Hwy. 369 with McBride Road.

The second part will involve moving Waldrip Road to the east, so it comes in at more of a 90-degree angle.

“There’s still quite a bit left to do,” said Teri Pope, a DOT spokeswoman. “But the only work that’s left is at this intersection.”

The $4.04 million improvement project was hampered by weather during much of 2009. There was also an issue involving a stream that was left off the original plans, Pope said.

“They had to map and protect the stream and make sure they met all the environmental laws for the stream that was forgotten,” she said. “It’s a long time coming to get this work done at this intersection.”

The contractor received a time extension of more than 700 days, Pope said, but the project is on schedule to meet the new completion date of Oct. 31.