A major connector road in west Forsyth recently was approved to be upgraded on a longer expanse than originally budgeted.
Post Road (Hwy. 371) will receive additional construction and improvement services after a change order was approved unanimously by the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners at a July work session.
The north-south connector between Atlanta Highway (Hwy. 9) and Canton Highway (Hwy. 20) will be widened across the entire route as part of a $647,500 additional amount to be paid to TY Lin International, said Donna Kukarola, Forsyth County’s procurement director, at a commission work session July 26.
Originally, Post Road was only funded to be widened from Hwy. 9 to Kelly Mill Road, with concept/environmental services to be completed from Hwy. 9 to Hwy. 20.
The total amount originally approved was $1,301,270.
The change order also included right of way staking and UST Phase I investigations for the entire corridor.
Local funding for the project will be sourced from the $200 million transportation bond voters approved in 2012, costing a total estimate of $3 million.
However, officials said the Georgia Department of Transportation does not have their funding available yet, as it is not on the list of prioritized projects, and that it may take about two years to purchase right of way.