Alpharetta awards $4.9M contract for Windward/Ga. 400 work

Motorists who exit northbound Ga. 400 to Windward Parkway in Alpharetta will benefit from a $4.9 million construction contract approved by the City Council, city officials announced.

Vertical Earth will create an additional travel lane on the exit ramp west to Deerfield Parkway. The council also approved memorandums of understanding with two of its project partners, Fulton County and the North Fulton Community Improvement District.

The project originally was approved in January 2015, but stalled when bids came in nearly $1 million over budget, officials said. The North Fulton CID and Sen. Brandon Beach, R-Alpharetta, worked to secure additional funding.

The Georgia Department of Transportation will contribute $2.3 million; Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank, $1.4 million; Fulton County, $500,000, Fulton County Water and Sewer, $490,517; and the CID, $160,136.

Construction is expected to begin by next spring. Because of the complexities of traffic control, the project is expected to take 18 months to complete.