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New GA 400 Interchange at McGinnis Ferry?

A proposal to construct a new interchange on Georgia 400 is in the works.

A new interchange on Georgia 400 and McGinnis Ferry Road may be on the horizon, according to a press release from the Georgia House of Representatives.

The Georgia Department of Transportation on Thursday approved an Interchange Justification Report (IJR) on the proposed project much to the delight of the Forsyth County Legislative Delegation.

State lawmakers from Forsyth, North Fulton, Dawson, Cherokee and Lumpkin counties, who make up the delegation, have long supported the road project.

“We are very pleased that this important new interchange received approval from the Federal Highway Administration and GDOT," the delegation said. "A new interchange at 400 and McGinnis Ferry will provide improved mobility and drive economic development in our growing community."

The delegation also said they will continue to work diligently for additional approvals and funding for this project.

While construction funding for the interchange has not yet been programmed, GDOT plans to utilize federal funds previously earmarked for the project to begin preliminary design work in fiscal year 2014, the press release stated.

Former U.S. Representative John Linder and U.S. Representative Lynn Westmoreland previously set aside a total of $3.5 million to be used on the estimated $22 million project.

“This is a long-awaited and much needed interchange,” said State Transportation Board Member Rudy Bowen. “The department has spent more than $70 million in recent years upgrading McGinnis Ferry Road and improving east-west mobility for Forsyth, Gwinnett and North Fulton motorists. This will be a continuation of those efforts.”  

Transportation Board Member Emily Dunn said she was delighted with the proposed project.

“Forsyth County is not only a wonderful place to live; it is developing into a huge economic driver for the Metro Northside," she said. "Better connectivity to GA 400 will complement both of those attributes.”

The purpose of an IJR is to analyze the impact and suitability of proposed or possible new interchanges on the operational integrity of the affected highway.  In this instance, GDOT engineers and planners reviewed the IJR submitted by Forsyth County and concluded the proposed interchange would provide operational improvement in the area.

What are your thoughts about the projected interchange, do you think it will help with traffic flow on 400?

Editor's Note: The Forsyth County Legislative Delegation includes: Rep. Mark Hamilton (R-Cumming), Rep. Geoff Duncan (R-Cumming), Rep. Calvin Hill (R-Canton), Rep. Mike Dudgeon (R-Johns Creek), Rep. Kevin Tanner (R-Dawsonville), Sen. Jack Murphy (R-Cumming) and Sen. Steve Gooch (R-Dahlonega).

JAH February 23, 2013 at 06:09 PM
East-West traffic is already horrible along the McGinnis corridor, especially west of Medlock Bridge where the road has not been upgraded to a divided 4 lane (it has been upgraded in this manner east of Medlock Bridge. Would it be too much to ask for these politicians to plan for the deluge of traffic that will use this exit, and at least complete the upgrade of McGinnis Ferry west of Medlock Bridge first? At least get it completed/connected to McFarland Drive first, and then complete it to the interchange? By the way, I'm sure the developer of the property on which the stillborn mall (between McGinnis and McFarland) was to have been built is also very happy with this announcement.
Charlie Ray February 23, 2013 at 07:20 PM
This would be a good thing and I hope it happens. I would also like to ask the powers to be whether it is the law makers or the GADOT to change the exits to mile markers like the interstate. To number them 1 thru whatever is a little backwards. I believe that this would be a good thing. The one time change part of which is going to be necessary anyway from the interchange to the end of 400 any way it would be a one and done for any future exchanges.
Lee at rootsinalpharetta.com February 24, 2013 at 06:20 PM
Make no mistake, this is an economic development project. It will not be a tremendous help to traffic. But it'll benefit the owners of the undeveloped land at McGinnis Ferry, Union Hill and the Taubman mall project. Hasn't Forsyth County already done enough to help this mall that's never been built?
NL February 24, 2013 at 10:26 PM
McGinnis Ferry traffic is already jammed during rush hours. A GA 400 intersection would make it worst and could back up lines of cars into GA 400 unless McGinnis is widened and made a divided highway. Fix McGinnis Ferry capacity first.
Bulldog February 25, 2013 at 12:36 AM
Hopefully, the DOT will immediately start work on a Kimball Bridge Road exchange next. That will save me some commuting time and hopefully develop more of Kimball Bridge Road area next to 400. That area is an eyesore compared to the rest of the community.

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