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More construction coming to Forsyth County roads

The Georgia Department of Transportation has awarded $45 million in state road projects, including several in Forsyth County.

“It has long been acknowledged that Georgia DOT has always done a good job with the resources that were available,” said GDOT Commissioner Russell R. McMurry in a news release. “Now, with the revenue resulting from the Transportation Funding Act (TFA) of 2015, we are able to significantly address maintenance that was previously deferred.

“Our goal is to restore a 15-year resurfacing cycle instead of the 50-year cycle we faced in 2014.”

In Forsyth County, an operational improvement project was approved to construct a median and a through lane on Buford Highway (Hwy. 20) at the northbound ramp of Ga. 400 extending to Ronald Reagan Boulevard.

Work will be done by Baldwin Paving Company Co. Inc. of Marietta for $548,441.56. The project completion date is Aug. 31, 2017.

Four projects in Forsyth County will also be part of a bridge rehabilitation program. Work will be done on bridges as they cross over Ga. 400 on Buford Dam Road, Pilgrim Mill Road and both the east and west lanes of Bald Ridge Road and is expected to be done by Dec. 31, 2017.

Along with the Forsyth bridges, those over Hwy. 141 over the Chattahoochee River, between Duluth and Johns Creek, and over Winter Chapel Road in Doraville are included. The six projects will be handled by S&D Industrial Painting Inc. of Tarpon Springs, Florida, for $2,444,765.50.

For all projects, schedules, lane closures and detours will be announced before construction begins.