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Roadwork preventing traffic light operations at north Forsyth intersection
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Drivers passing through the intersection of Bannister Road and Hwy. 9 currently see both a stop sign and a traffic signal, but the signals are not functional. - photo by Jim Dean

NORTH FORSYTH -- Portions of new traffic signals are hanging at the intersection of Atlanta Highway (Hwy. 9) and Bannister Road, but it may be a while before it is in use.

Ongoing work and the movement of utilities lines belonging to a private company at the intersection has caused the delay in the lights beginning operations, officials said.

Tim Allen, assistant director of engineering for the county, said the delay was unfortunate, but not uncommon.

“You always have potential for delays when you bid out a project and you go out into the field and start building it without a full set of construction plans,” he said. “We just had a signal plan on this and it was bid out to try to get it up in a hurry, and we ran into some utility conflicts and other issues.”

Allen did not have a completion date and said the project relies on when the other work finishes.

In addition to work being done on the utilities lines, other pieces are being added to the intersection to bring it to Georgia Department of Transportation standards.

“The contractor, right now he’s got to finish up the signal work, the pedestrian crosswalk work — because we’re installing crosswalks with the signal as well, per DOT’s requirements,” Allen said. “He hopes to have all of that done in the next two to three weeks.”

At a work session last month, commissioners unanimously approved a change order for work on the signal to contractor Sunbelt Traffic worth $15,20