FORSYTH, Georgia. (AP) - The Georgia State Patrol is preparing to open a new post in central Georgia. Authorities broke ground for the new post in Forsyth as they began demolition of the old one in the city about 60 miles southeast of Atlanta. The new facility will replace a 1970s-era red-brick building. Post commander Sgt. 1st Class Lee Major said Monroe County voters approved a special purpose local option sales tax several years ago for the project. He said new building codes and modern security requirements made it more cost-effective to tear down the old building instead of refurbishing it. Department of Corrections work crews will be used for the construction project, which is expected to take about 12 months.