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Roadwork ramping up across Forsyth County

FORSYTH COUNTY — Motorists have been asking for fixes to roads throughout Forsyth County for years.

Well, it appears the Georgia Department of Transportation is poised to begin several of those long-sought projects this fall. Some at the same time.

The following is a rundown of what’s on tap.


Hwy. 369 resurfacing


Monday night, resurfacing of Hwy. 369 (Matt Highway) from the Cherokee County line to Hwy. 9 in north Forsyth will begin at 8:30 p.m. and last until 5:30 a.m.

The road will be closed Sundays through Friday nights as weather permits.

Pope said the pavement surface and structure is damaged and needs to be replaced along the 10-mile corridor.

Crews from C.W. Matthews Contracting of Marietta will begin by removing and replacing damaged asphalt and then will resurface the entire corridor with new asphalt, creating a “much smoother roadway.”

The company has been awarded a contract of $3 million and is expected to complete the project by May 31.


Ga. 400 widening


Also starting Monday night, data gathering is planned along Ga. 400 that will close the left shoulder and median of the corridor at two locations.

Crews will be pulling soil samples nightly through Thursday at the Big Creek and Sawnee Creek bridges from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

This work should not affect travel lanes, only the shoulders and median.

According to Teri Pope, a spokeswoman with the DOT, soil samples are required as part of the design for the new, wider road and bridges.

This project will add an additional lane on Ga. 400 in the existing median from McFarland Parkway (Exit 12) to Hwy. 369 (Browns Bridge Road).

Forsyth County commissioners voted Tuesday to use projected savings from this project to fund the construction of an interchange at Ga. 400 and Hwy. 369, creating a new and northernmost exit on the route.

However, construction of that project is not expected to begin until at least 2018.

At least three lanes currently flow on either side of the Ga. 400 from McFarland Parkway south into Fulton County.

The 13.4-mile, $47.4 million construction cost is primarily being funded through a 2014 voter-approved transportation bond referendum. The state is expected to contribute $10 million.

C.W. Matthews was also awarded the project and is expected to break ground in early November.


Ga. 400 and Mary Alice Park Road


One lane of Ga. 400 under the Mary Alice Park Road Bridge in Cumming was closed overnight Friday and Saturday so crews could work on the gas line attached to the bridge. Delays resulted.

According to Pope, crews worked over one northbound lane Friday night, while work over the southbound lane occurred from 8 p.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday.

Closures were from mileposts 31-33 between Exit 14 (Cumming) and Exit 15 (Bald Ridge Marina Road).