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New exit at McGinnis Ferry Road, Ga. 400 taking shape

SOUTH FORSYTH — The state Department of Transportation and Forsyth County government’s plan to improve mobility on Ga. 400 at McGinnis Ferry Road will be the focus of a meeting next month.

The county is holding a public information open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center.

DOT engineers and consultants will be available to discuss the plan for the project at the Forsyth-Fulton County line, though there will not be a formal presentation, according to Teri Pope, a DOT spokeswoman.

Plans call for building an interchange on Ga. 400 at McGinnis Ferry Road; widening Ga. 400 south from the intersection to McFarland Parkway (Exit 12); widening McGinnis Ferry; and operational improvements at crossings along the east-west road.

Rudy Bowen, the DOT board member who represents the 7th Congressional District, credited local voters for the development.

“Forsyth County made a historic decision last year, taking control of their future mobility through a transportation bond,” Bowen said in a statement. “The people of Forsyth are purposefully investing in their own future. This new interchange at 400 and McGinnis Ferry is a product of that investment.”

The project is part of a wide scope of future construction voters approved in November as part of a $100 million transportation bond referendum.

According to Pope, the McGinnis Ferry project is expected to cost $28.5 million.

After the open house, the project’s plans will be displayed at the Forsyth County Engineering Department, located at 110 East Main Street, Suite 120.

Plans will also be available at the DOT district offices at 2505 Athens Highway in Gainesville and 5025 New Peachtree Road in Chamblee.

Project information can also be found after the open house on the DOT website,

Residents can record their comments at the open house.

Written statements can be submitted until Sept. 21 to John Cunrad, director of engineering for Forsyth County, at 110 East Main St., Suite 120, Cumming, GA 30040.