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Roadwork is still on track
Rain went away with little delay
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Forsyth County News
The recent stretch of wet weather may have slowed roadwork across Forsyth County, but most projects remain on track or ahead of schedule.

Teri Pope, spokeswoman for the state Department of Transportation, said improvements to the Hwy. 9-Castleberry Road crossing are finished.
Grading at the intersection was completed before the Sept. 29 deadline.

“They did open up Castleberry on the 23rd,” said Pope. “It’s just a couple of days early, but we’ll take any early.”

Sept. 23 was a busy day for the county’s roads. Along with reopening Castleberry at Hwy. 9, construction also began at Hwy. 369 and Jot-Em-Down Road in northeastern Forsyth.

“The work is not as quick as it was supposed to be just because of the wet dirt, but they are working at the intersection,” Pope said.

Motorists must detour past Jot Em Down on Hwy. 369 to Little Mill Road, then take Hwy. 306 to Jot Em Down.

Construction impacts only the part of Jot Em Down Road closest to Hwy. 369, about 800 feet.

DOT District Engineer Russell McMurry said in a statement that the work will raise the grade about 10 feet, which will improve sight distance.

In addition, he said, “Jot Em Down will be reconstructed to intersect with Hwy. 369 at a 90-degree angle.”

Though off to a slow start, the work is on schedule to be completed within 30 days, Pope said.

The roadwork is part of a $4.04 million construction project that will improve six Hwy. 369 intersections, including Doc Bramblett, Hendrix and Waldrip roads, as well as one side of Bethel Road.

Holtzclaw Road received a traffic signal. Other crossings scheduled to receive new lights are Bethel, Doc Bramblett and Jot Em Down.

Funding for the projects comes from the DOT and Forsyth County 1-cent sales tax money.

A separate project, funded through $1.9 million in federal stimulus money, is expected to start tonight, Pope said.

The resurfacing of Hwy. 9 from the Fulton County line to Hwy. 20, about 9.8 miles, was originally set for Sept. 14.

Contractor C.W. Matthews will begin by patching the most damaged sections of the road. Crews will start at Hwy. 20 and work their way south.
Grading and resurfacing will follow.

To help with traffic, work will take place from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Sunday through Thursday.

Despite the delay in getting started, Pope said she expects completion to meet the April 30 deadline.

“The completion is scheduled for next spring, but they should finish it this calendar year,” she said. “We hold them to the completion date, not the start date.”