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These Forsyth County roads could be getting new speed limits
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Forsyth County drivers may need to adjust for new speeds on some local roads.

At a work session on Tuesday, Forsyth County Commissioners voted 5-0 to move forward with a public hearing on an update to the county’s speed zone ordinance.

County Engineering Director John Cunard said school zones were a particular area that might see changes.

“We’ve got a couple of speed limit changes that will be in the county, mainly due to the designed speed of the road projects, like Bethelview Road and Union Hill Road,” Cunard said.

The new plan is an update to the 2015 speed zone ordinance and is being done with the Georgia Department of Transportation.

After the two required public hearings, commissioners can adopt the new ordinance before passing it onto GDOT for revisions.

“They’ll, in turn, forward it to the department of public safety, which they will review and update it,” Cunard said.

No date was given at the meeting for the hearings.

Several of the speed changes will impact state highways.

For Atlanta Highway (Hwy. 9 south) and Buford Highway (Hwy. 20 east) speeds will be standardized across the corridor.

Atlanta Highway will be 45 mph from Fulton County to south of Amos Drive, meaning a reduction from 55 mph from Waterbrook Crossing to near Bagwell Drive.

Buford Highway will be 55 mph from the Gwinnett County Line to Atlanta Highway. A portion of the road from Atlanta Highway to near Echols Road will increase from 45 mph.

Speed will decrease on Bannister Road from Hwy. 369 to Dahlonega Highway (Hwy. 9) from 55 mph to 45 mph and on Bethelview Road from 50 mph to 45 mph between Hwy. 20 and Hwy. 9.

Changes for Chamblee Gap Road will be limits of 35 mph from Kelly Mill Road to Hwy. 20 instead of a “gravel road section” under the 2015 plan and 25 mph from Kelly Mill to Woodland Drive.

The plan also added a section of Majors Road from Hwy. 9 to Castleberry Road at a speed of 30 mph.

Mullinax Road will increase from 35 mph to 45 mph from Atlanta Highway to Union Hill Road.

Union Hill Road is proposed to have a 40 mph section from McFarland Road to McGinnis Ferry Road and the plans state a section needs to be added at 35 mph from McFarland to Mullinax.

Cunard said the plan will also include several new school zones.

“Mainly, there have been a bunch to additions to school zones, a lot of schools in the last five years have been added to the county,” he said. “We updated and added all the school zones in.”

New school zones will also be added for Kelly Mill Elementary, Haw Creek Elementary, Denmark High, Desana Middle, Brandywine Elementary schools and St. John Bosco Academy.

The new plan will also include new names of roads since the previous update, such as Larry Mulkey Memorial Road and Deputy Bill Cantrell Memorial Road.