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Makeover coming to Bethelview
Widening from Hwy. 9 to 20
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Forsyth County News

 


Bethelview Road will be getting a drastic makeover over the next several years.

Plans detailed by the state Department of Transportation on Monday show a three-pronged project along Bethelview between Hwys. 9 and 20, picking up where another project left off at Hwys. 9 and 141.

Crews are putting the finishing touches on the $50.7 million project that widened Hwy. 141 from Hwy. 9 to McGinnis Ferry Road at the Fulton County line.

The new road project will begin with improvements to the Hwy. 9-Bethelview Road crossing.

The $6.4 million project will widen the intersection to four lanes and add a dual left turn lane at each side. Construction, which will also include the addition of sidewalks, is set to begin in 2012.

Department of Transportation board member Steve Gooch, who is the incoming District 51 state senator, said in a statement that the state is in the process of buying the right of way.

“Of the 29 parcels needed, we have closed on nine parcels and expect to finish the acquisition within the next nine months,” he said.

The project’s second stage will widen the road from the revamped intersection at Hwy. 9 to Castleberry Road. The two-lane stretch will be widened to four lanes and will include sidewalks.

Forsyth County is acquiring land for the project, with construction scheduled to begin in 2013.

County spokeswoman Jodi Gardner said Forsyth has “a commitment from the

Georgia Department of Transportation for reimbursement of up to $2.5 million for right-of-way costs.”

Gardner said the county should be finished acquiring the land by this coming spring.

The county has budgeted about $3.3 million from the current 1-cent sales tax for the Bethelview Road project. The funding should cover the completion of the designs and non-reimbursable expenses such as appraisals, titles and legal fees.

The final segment of the project will widen Bethelview to four lanes between Castleberry and Hwy. 20.

If all the needed property along the 5-mile stretch is purchased on time, construction is funded to begin in 2013. The land is expected to cost $12 million, with construction estimated at $39 million.

Gooch said his goal is “to get the right-of-way acquisition funded as soon as possible.”

“It will take some hard work and diligence, but our Planning Director Todd Long has agreed to consider funding right of way on this project next year through the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Transportation Improvement Program,” Gooch said.