Local and state officials will answer questions about future safety measures planned for Post Road at a town hall meeting at 7 p.m., Oct. 16, at the Midway Park Community Building.
State Sen. Greg Dolezal, who represents the majority of Forsyth County in District 27, announced the meeting in a Facebook post. Other officials expected to attend are state Reps. Wes Cantrell (R-22) and Sheri Gilligan (R-24), Forsyth County District 3 Commissioner Todd Levent as well as staff from the Georgia Department of Transportation and Forsyth County government.
Elected officials have pushed for safety improvements to Post Road after a rash of serious vehicle accidents on the busy roadway.
In mid-August, 16-year-old Zoe Ordway was seriously injured when making a left turn from Bentley Road onto Post Road, resulting in multiple broken bones and surgery.
Members of the community quickly mobilized online after the incident with more than 8,500 signing a petition calling for increased safety measures on Post Road.
A few days later, two vehicles collided at the intersection of Post Road and Pittman Road when one vehicle allegedly attempted to cross Post Road into the Vickery subdivision. Both drivers were transported to local hospitals with serious injuries.
Officials have acknowledged the need for improvements to Post Road for several years, particularly due to congestion from growth in the west Forsyth County area. Post Road is slated to be widened from two to four lanes between Hwy. 9 and Hwy. 20, with the first phase of work scheduled to start in 2028.
In the wake of Ordway’s accident, Forsyth County and GDOT announced on Friday, Oct. 4 that they are collaborating on new measures to improve safety on Post Road at the intersections of Bentley Road and Pittman Road.
GDOT will increase the size of the existing concrete island on the south side of Bentley Road to prevent drivers from making left turns onto Post Road. Work is scheduled to begin in the next two months, GDOT said.
Meanwhile, Forsyth County approved a purchase order for a traffic signal at the Pittman Road intersection for no more than $14,850 with GDOT supplying the signal equipment.