Drivers who travel Bald Ridge Road in Cumming likely will want to find a new route this week.
Beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday, about 1,000 feet of the road will close where it joins Hwy. 9. The closure is expected to last the rest of the year, according to the state Department of Transportation.
“The detour was necessary because of the grade changes and shifting of Bald Ridge to align with Mary Alice Park [Road] in the finished intersection,” said Bayne Smith, a DOT district engineer.
The detour route will take motorists from Bald Ridge Road to Hill Street to South Hill Street to Allen Street to Hwy. 9.
The nearly $1.5 million project is being completed by the Baldwin Paving Company, with completion set for June 30, 2013.
DOT spokeswoman Teri Pope said the improvements would eliminate confusion.
“The reconstruction of this five-leg, strange intersection will be a massive improvement to the flow of traffic in the area and to safety by improving motorists’ sight distance,” she said.