I have lived in North Fulton and South Forsyth Counties for 32 years and the traffic, commutes, and congestion have compounded every year. It’s no secret that Forsyth County is growing rapidly, and with growth comes traffic. But in the next few years, congestion along Ga. 400 may lighten up thanks to the proposed interchange at McGinnis Ferry Road. The project design work is being performed by Forsyth County, but is overseen and let by the Georgia Department of Transportation because Ga. 400 is a state road.
The project will consist of a full-diamond interchange on Ga. 400 at McGinnis Ferry Road that will add a northbound and southbound auxiliary lane on Ga. 400 between the Windward Parkway and McGinnis Ferry Road ramps, and between the McGinnis Ferry Road and McFarland Parkway ramps. Ga. 400 southbound will be widened one additional lane near the McFarland exit ramp. The project will also replace the existing bridge over Ga. 400 and widen McGinnis Ferry Road from Bethany Bend through the intersection at Union Hill Road onto Ronald Reagan Boulevard to Counselors Way.
The overall project length is 4.98 miles.
Additionally, it will connect to the widening work that was just completed on Union Hill and Mullinax Road, and the ongoing work where Union Hill is being widened, Allen said. This interchange will also connect McGinnis Ferry to Ronald Reagan Boulevard, which will be fully extended starting in 2018 from McFarland to Majors Road, he said.
“It gives all the residents of the county another option to get to and from Ga. 400 and across the county,” Allen said. “It also interconnects our major arterials. It’s a big deal.”