Attempt to change course on road widening project fails in Forsyth

 

The Forsyth County Commissioners voted down a motion Thursday night that would have put the brakes on a controversial plan to widen a 3-mile stretch of Castleberry Road.

The $22 million project has vocal opposition. Its critics cite the most recent road study which revealed there isn't enough daily traffic on Castleberry to warrant an expansion based on county guidelines.

At a meeting Thursday evening, the commissioners voted 3-2 against rescinding their earlier vote on Feb. 20th that paved the way for the project to continue. According to plans, the two-lane road southwest of the city of Cumming will be widened to four lanes.

After CBS46 reported on the controversy in June, a citizen filed ethics complaints against Commissioners R.J. (Pete) Amos and Cindy Jones Mills, alleging conflicts of interest. The county's ethics panel dismissed the complaint against Amos last month. The complaint against Mills is pending.

The failed motion called for a new engineer traffic study, public input and a redesign of current plans to a straightened two-lane roadway with enhanced safety features.

The motion was introduced by commissioners Todd Levent and Jim Boff.

The road widening project will continue as planned.

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