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Highway 9 traffic demands attention
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Forsyth County News

I see that either GDOT or Forsyth County is implementing another minor effort to improve traffic flow on Highway 9 — this one in the form of a flashing yellow left-turn signal at the Majors Road/Shiloh Road intersection. What is it going to take to get the Forsyth County commissioners to demand that the GDOT widen SR 9 between McFarland Road and Buford Highway? 

It has been obvious to everyone who travels SR 9 daily that this widening was needed 10 years ago, yet all we get are countless turn-in lanes for traffic making a right turn from SR 9, which do little but waste taxpayer dollars. How about a left-turn lane on SR 9 at Gateway Drive where traffic grinds to a halt at least 50 times every single day?

The need to widen Bethelview Road was far less urgent than making SR 9 a four-lane highway with left turn lanes — anyone with common sense knows that, yet nothing is happening on SR 9.  Every evening when McFarland empties two lanes of rush hour traffic onto SR 9 there is gridlock. What is it going to take to get our commissioners to demand that GDOT address this situation and to take action immediately, not five or 10 years from now.

If our county commission can’t do something to improve the worst traffic gridlock in Forsyth County, perhaps we need some officials who can get some action going.


Russ Desmelik