Commuter Dude: Dispute keeps Forsyth County road closed

CUMMING, Ga – Forsyth County is locked in a disagreement with the city of Cumming over who should repair a storm damaged road, and commuters are caught in the middle.

Instead of taking her normal route to work, Darlene Gordon has a message to her local leaders when it comes to Sanders Road.

Bite-- Stop dragging your feet and let's do something," said Gordon. "It just doesn't seem like anybody cares."

Heavy rains and the failure of a private dam took a bite out of Sanders Road last May. Since then, there have been proposals and threats of a lawsuit, but next to nothing when it comes to repairs.

Sanders Road is primarily a county road, but years ago, the city of Cumming annexed a 50-foot swath. Forsyth County insists the bulk of the damage is there.

The two have offered to, more or less, split the cost of repairs, estimated at $173,000, but each side wants the other to do the actual work.

The city points out that Forsyth County has already fixed several other county roads damaged in the same rainstorm, and should fix this one.

On the county's website, you can find video of an October meeting where commissioners expressed concern that road repair could send damaging silt into Lake Lanier.

"We don't want that liability," said one commissioner. "There's no way I would vote for us to fix the problem."

The city is threatening to sue if the county doesn't agree to do the work.

If you want to weigh in, contact commuter dude by email at, by Twitter @commuterdude, or on the Jerry Carnes 11Alive Commuter Dude Facebook page.

Commuter Dude will forward your comments to the Forsyth County Commission and to members of the Cumming City Council.


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