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Eyes on the Road: Road changes set for Tuesday

A traffic change on U.S. 129/Ga. 11/Main Street in Cleveland is set for Tuesday, weather permitting.

The center turn lane on Ga. 11 will be removed for about 2,000 feet, or between Underwood Farms Road and the entrance to the Sonic restaurant, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

The work is part of changes needed to accommodate the Cleveland Bypass.

The grade of Ga. 11 must be raised by 13 feet.

“By removing a short section of the center turn lane, we can shift the northbound lane of (Ga. 11) over and have room to begin the work of raising the grade of the roadway,” said Harold Mull, DOT district construction engineer.

The shift will be in place for about two months, he said.

The contract to build the first phase of the Cleveland Bypass was awarded to Sunbelt Structures Inc. of Tucker.

The nearly 2-mile project begins at Hope Drive at U.S. 129/Ga. 11 and extends northwest to Ga. 115.

It is set for completion by Dec. 31, 2014.

The project costs $16.75 million.

Elsewhere on Tuesday, motorists should expect “terrible” traffic as
final work takes place in the reconstruction of the intersection of Ga. 9, Mary Alice Park Road, Bald Ridge Marina Road and Meadow Drive in Forsyth County.

DOT officials advise staying away from the intersection until the evening, when work is complete and a new signal is operational.

“Multiple crews will be working Tuesday on this project,” Mull said. “Condensing the work into one day will allow us to cause the least disruption to traffic.”

He added: “Traffic will flow more efficiently and the overall operation of the area will be greatly improved once these changes are complete.”

“Wednesday will be wonderful when this work is complete,” states a DOT news release on the project.

Crews will arrive at the site ready to start work shortly after daylight.

A portion of Mary Alice Park Road at Bald Ridge Road will be closed for crews to remove temporary asphalt and tie the roads together permanently.

The signal will become operational after the road work is complete Tuesday evening.

After Tuesday’s work, the only remaining task is to finish the right turn lane from Ga. 9 to Meadow Drive, pave the top layer of asphalt on the entire project and install the permanent striping.

The nearly $1.5 million project is slated for completion by June 30.

DOT employee in Forsyth honored for job performance

A Forsyth County DOT employee has received the Commissioner’s Customer Service Commendation from DOT Commissioner Keith Golden.

John Sungail, the district’s training specialist, was honored for going above and beyond assigned job duties.

While providing internal training classes, Sungail is updating a series of “quick tutorials” he wrote for on-demand use when staff cannot attend a scheduled training session.

He also helps with information technology needs.

“In a time when we must do more with less, John excels,” Golden said. “John’s attitude about his work and the results of his work have improved the service provided by human resources/training and development.

Sungail began his career with Georgia DOT in 2004.

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