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Work to make Buford Dam Road 'safer'
Samples will get turn lanes
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Forsyth County News
Forsyth County has begun work to add turn lanes at Buford Dam Road where it crosses Samples and Lanier Beach South roads.

With the aim of improving safety, the work will also straighten out the “severe angle” at which the streets enter Buford Dam Road, said Tim Allen, the county’s assistant director of engineering.

“Once this is built, you’ll have left and right turn lanes off of Buford Dam onto the side streets and you’ll have protected turning at the traffic signal that doesn’t exist now,” Allen said. “It’ll be a safer, more efficient intersection.”

The county’s work along busy Buford Dam Road will be conducted under traffic, with a pilot car guiding motorists through construction.

In 2003, the county removed four-way stop signs from the crossing and put in traffic signals to improve rush-hour traffic, Allen said. The intersection improvement was intended to follow soon after.

Funding for the project was included in the county’s previous special purpose local option sales tax, or SPLOST V, but is being completed under SPLOST VI.

The work will be handled in conjunction with a Buford Dam Road pavement improvement project.

Allen said that project will “rejuvenate the roadway” from Sanders Road to Kenny Drive, where the Army Corps of Engineers property begins.

A one-foot paved shoulder will also be added to each side of Buford Dam Road.

All projects are expected to be completed by the end of October.

Blount Construction was awarded the project for about $984,000. Allen said the company likely will wrap up a similar project next week on Dr. Bramblett Road.

In an unrelated effort, the city of Cumming plans to widen Buford Dam Road to four lanes within the city limits, from Sanders Road to Hwy. 9.