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New year, old refrain along Hwy. 141
Next closing affects travel around Brookwood
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Forsyth County News
It may be a new year, but for anyone who travels along Hwy. 141 it’s the same story — more roadwork.

“It’s really the same issue we continue to discuss,” said Forsyth County resident Dan Slott. “It doesn’t seem like there’s anything that spurs on
any progress.”

Since the project began in 2006, various points of the highway have been shut down as contractors widen the 6.5-mile stretch between Hwy. 9 and the Fulton County line at McGinnis Ferry Road.

Beginning Jan. 18, a new section will be closed.

Motorists traveling from Hwy. 141 to Brookwood Road must turn onto Old Alpharetta Road, then Caney Road and back onto Brookwood.

This phase of construction, which should be completed March 5, will remove about 10 to 15 feet of existing road so traffic can pass through the newly widened stretch of Hwy. 141.

Teri Pope, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Transportation, said the entire Hwy. 141 project is about 74 percent finished and should be wrapped up “well before” the December completion date.

But even if that happens, it will still be 18 months late for drivers who remember the original July 31, 2009, deadline.

Slott, a frequent Hwy. 141 traveler, launched an effort to hasten construction last year.

The group, Get 141 Done, is still recruiting frustrated residents to sign a petition, though Slott said the effort may be to little avail.

“The section from Sharon Springs Road to Bagley Road — there’s been no work on that at all that I can tell in the last three, four months,” he said.
“Even with the activities that we’ve undertaken, nothing has really changed.

“As a citizen and as a resident of Forsyth County, it’s frustrating that it doesn’t seem like there’s anything we can do.”

Slott is skeptical the current construction deadline will be met. If the past year is any indication, progress is too slow to finish by December, he said.

In October, the DOT reported the project was 73 percent complete. In June, it was nearly 70 percent.

Many factors have contributed to the delay, including poor weather, snags relocating utility lines and the road design firm closing its Atlanta office.

But the $50.7 million project is back on track, Pope said.

“The project is coming together and hopefully you can start to visualize the finished, widened roadway and the improvement we are working toward,” she said. “Thank you for bearing with us through construction.”