$1.6M to help move traffic in county, city roads in Forsyth

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CUMMING, Ga. — Legislators and transportation leaders presented $1.6 million in funds to improve 75 roads in Forsyth County and two roads in the city of Cumming.

State Sen. Steve Gooch, Sen. Jack Murphy and state Rep. Mark Hamilton presented the money for mobility on local roads through the Local Maintenance and Improvements Grant (LMIG) program.

The county received a check for $1,561,602.65 and the city of Cumming received a check for $51,138.29 representing their 2014 allotment at the Forsyth County Commission meeting Feb. 6.

The city of Cumming will patch and resurface 0.485 miles of two heavily traveled roadways – North Corners Parkway from Ga. 20 to the dead end and Mountain View Drive from Ga. 20 to Tribble Gap Road – said State Transportation Board member Rudy Bowen, who represents the 7th Congressional District on the State Transportation Board that includes southern Forsyth County.

In addition to yearly formula funds presented, Gov. Nathan Deal and Forsyth’s legislative delegation worked with the Georgia Department of Transportation to allocate an additional $1 million to help Forsyth County’s fund to widen Castleberry Road.

The road will be widened to five lanes from Bethelview Road to the end of the current five-lane section at Hutchinson Road. These funds will be transferred to the county when the project is awarded to a contractor for construction.

Funding comes from the Georgia DOT’s LMIG program, which allows local governments to decide the projects that are most beneficial to their local jurisdiction.

Every year, GDOT notifies local governments to submit requests for their local transportation needs.

Funding for LMIG is allocated each fiscal year and is between 10 and 20 percent of the funding from the state motor fuel taxes collected in the preceding fiscal year.

Funds for projects are distributed to local governments by a formula based on population and local road mileage.

For more information on GDOT, visit www.dot.ga.gov.