State plans to open portion of Ga. 400 by Christmas



FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — The state is working hard to finish construction on the southbound portion of Ga. 400 in Forsyth County and hopes to have some of it open before the holidays.

According to Project Manager Richard O’Hara with the Office of Innovative Delivery at the Georgia Department of Transportation, construction is continuing on the southernmost four-mile southbound section of the highway.

“The contractor is continuing to work on the inside shoulder paving and median finish grading,” O’Hara said. “They will then have grass, guardrail and joint work before final striping. The current goal is to have the four-mile section southbound to McFarland Parkway open before the Christmas break.”

However, the predicted cold and wet weather may affect that timeframe, he said.

“Completing the last one-mile concrete paving gap between Exits 13 and 14 is being affected by the holiday period weekend lane closure restrictions,” O’Hara said.

This is part of a widening project to construct one additional 11-foot travel lane, a 10-foot inside shoulder – 8 feet of it paved – and a 10-foot paved outside shoulder in each direction on Ga. 400 from McFarland Parkway to Ga. 369.

Totaling nearly nine miles, construction began in 2015 and is estimated to be completed in September or October 2018. Forsyth County Engineering is working in conjunction with the Georgia Department of Transportation and funds for the $56 million project come from the transportation bond passed by the county and the state.

In September, the final section of the northbound widening project was opened to traffic. Opening the final 3.5-mile section between Bald Ridge Marina Road and Keith Bridge Road completed the northbound side where work began in June 2015. Drivers are able to drive in the new lane for the entire 14 miles on Ga. 400 northbound.

Widening efforts on the southbound side of Ga. 400 began in May and the first four-mile section is expected to be opened by January 1, 2018.

Additionally, work is planned to begin in 2019 for the McGinnis Ferry Road at Ga. 400 interchange. This $30 million project runs less than half a mile from Bethany Bend to Union Hill Road. It consists of constructing a full diamond interchange on Ga. 400 at McGinnis Ferry Road.

The project would add northbound and southbound auxiliary lanes on Ga. 400 south to Windward Parkway ramps and north to McFarland Parkway ramps of the existing McGinnis Ferry Road bridge, which would be replaced.

McGinnis Ferry Road would be widened to four lanes on the Fulton County side of Ga. 400 and to six lanes on the Forsyth side of Ga. 400, including a curb and gutter with 5-foot sidewalks and/or a multi-use path. Right and left turn lanes would be added and a proposed bridge would be designed to span the future managed lanes on Ga. 400.

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