The governments of Cumming and Forsyth County have collaborated to reopen a stretch of Sanders Road near Lake Lanier that has been closed for over three years, the AJC reports.
The half mile section of Sanders Road between Buford Dam and Lake Mary Alice Park roads has been closed since a neighborhood dam gave way not long after Memorial Day in 2013, causing the road to collapse due to excess amounts of water running underneath it.
Forsyth County News reports that roadwork began in November and has been repeatedly delayed due to rain and rising lake levels. City planning and zoning manager Scott Morgan laid out the extensive work required to reopen the road.
“[They] installed a new double box culvert and then had to reinstall the utilities on the west side of the road,” Morgan told Forsyth County News. “Then [they had to] rebuild the shoulders of the road, and they actually built those shoulders wider, bigger than they were.”
The city and county governments have collectively poured over $400,000 into the project, which local officials say is nearly finished.
“We have Sanders Road just about ready for opening,” says Cumming Mayor H. Ford Gravitt.
The Cumming city council unanimously approved reopening the closed section of Sanders Road at last Tuesday’s meeting. An official opening ceremony is planned for May 26. City and county officials will be present, as well as representatives of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Although small, the stretch of Sanders Road acted as a popular traffic shortcut for Cumming residents before it was closed down.
The roadway is also commonly used to access local parks, as well as Lake Lanier, which is one reason that the opening ceremony has been planned to take place before Memorial Day.