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Next phase of Bethelview Road widening in Forsyth County set

WEST FORSYTH — Roadwork is coming to another well-traveled Forsyth County traffic artery with the news that a contractor has been selected to widen a second stretch of Bethelview Road.

The state Department of Transportation announced Wednesday that Norcross-based CMES Inc. would handle the work along 5.1 miles of Bethelview between Castleberry Road and Canton Highway. (Hwy. 20).

According to the DOT, the project will involve expanding the road from two to four lanes and include a raised median, turn lanes and the construction of a bridge and approaches near Big Creek.

Terri Pope, a spokeswoman for the DOT, said a definite start date has not been determined.

“The work will start this fall,” she said. “The project was just awarded … so it usually takes about three months to get their paperwork completed, get their materials in place and get their employees and their equipment.”

The project is slated to be completed by June 30, 2019.

Funding for the project will include $36.9 million from the state and about $50 million from Forsyth County, including right of way and design costs.

The county’s portion of the project is being funded through a 1-cent sales tax program. Federal funds will also be used.

During the first phase of the project, Bethelview Road was widened from Hwy. 9 to Castleberry Road.