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Project to close road at Hwy. 53
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Forsyth County News

 

Starting later this week, part of a northeastern Forsyth road will be closed for work.

The 0.2-mile portion of Truman Mountain Road north of Hwy. 53 will be closed beginning Friday. It is expected to reopen Aug. 9 before the start of school Aug. 11.

The closure will allow for part of an intersection improvement project to be completed, said Tim Allen, Forsyth County assistant director of engineering.

During that time, a detour will be provided and marked.

The finished project, which is slated for completion in late August, will divide Truman Mountain Road into two T-shaped intersections where it currently crosses Hwy. 53, Allen said.

“You won’t be able to go straight across anymore,” he said, adding that the angle at which each portion of the road meets the highway will be realigned.

The project will also include the addition of right and left turn lanes from Hwy. 53 onto each intersection with Truman Mountain Road, as well as at nearby Chestatee Heights Road.

Additional paving and shoulder work also should be finished in August.

Allen said the project is aimed at improving safety in the area.

“There’s been a lot of accidents at that intersection of Truman Mountain and 53 over the past two decades,” he said. “It’s been on the [Georgia Department of Transportation’s] top 150 intersections for improvement potential numerous times. It’s something that sorely needed to be done.”

Reid & Reid Contractors will complete the project for about $965,000, which was funded through collections of the county’s 1-cent sales tax.