Changes ahead for traffic-prone Ga. Highway 20
by Joshua Sharpe
April 28, 2013 12:00 AM | 5065 views | 5 5 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CANTON — Changes are coming for heavily congested Highway 20 between Interstate 575 in Canton and Georgia Highway 400 in Cumming.

The Georgia Department of Transportation is kicking off the public input portion of the proposed project, with public hearings scheduled in both Cherokee and Forsyth counties for mid-May.

Mohamed Arafa, a communications officer with GDOT, said Friday that exactly what the potential changes to the 25-mile stretch of road will be still hasn’t been fleshed out, but they are necessary.

“Basically, what we’re trying to do here is come up with some alternative improvements that will improve mobility and safety improvements that are very much needed,” he said.

The potential changes could include widening parts of the road, intersection reworkings and access changes, among other things, Arafa said.

The project now being discussed is essentially a combination of three separate projects, which were under way in 2008 and planned to widen the same 25 miles of Highway 20 to four lanes, with two lanes in each direction.

But Arafa said although widening the road was the end goal in 2008, now the only plan GDOT has is to increase the traffic capacity and safety on this portion of Highway 20, and they’re hoping for the public to tell them how.

“We strongly believe that this project is intended to serve the people of Cherokee County and Forsyth County,” he said. “Their opinions, their ideas, their preferences, their concerns are important and can make a difference in our planning process.”

Post 1 Cherokee County Commissioner Harry Johnston agreed Friday that changes are needed, whether that involves four-laning the road or other alternatives.

A meeting has been scheduled for the public in each county.

The meetings will not include formal presentations, but those attending will have access to information about the proposed project. Those in attendance at one of the two open houses can give formal comments to a court reporter.

In Cherokee County, the public information meeting will be May 21 at Calvary Baptist Church in Canton from 5 to 8 p.m. In Forsyth County, GDOT will take public opinion May 16 at Otwell Middle School in Cumming from 5 to 8 p.m.
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Canton citizen
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April 30, 2013
Canton Marketplace should not have been allowed to have been built without Hwy 20 in front of it having a major overhaul. In Holly Springs, the developer of the Home Depot complex had to provide for the intersection and road improvements there. This should have been the case for Canton Marketplace. Riverstone was built with wider roads and a plan for the traffic. The same model should have been followed.
WhoMight ItBe
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April 29, 2013
We have C W Mathews to thank for this conundrum boys. They do it every time.
cherrokee
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May 04, 2013
I agree wih all you all. I don't understand what CW Mathews has done and I alway's see them standing around doing nothing. Also there has been nothing I have seen, other than the speed limit changed, wich has caused more traffic problems than before they started the project, that has improved anything. 4 years and still nothing we have gained, other than our tax dollars being spent with no direction, on the improvements for Ga Hwy 20
jp4ga
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April 29, 2013
Can someone tell me what the past 2 years of construstion has been on HWY 20. The road is now UNSAFE to travel. They put in a new light at Union Hill however, failed to give a turn signal for turning left onto Harmony from 20, and from left from 20 to Union Hill. The right turn lane from 20 onto Union Hill is poorly marked. They also put up bike lane signs which makes zero sense. This has been a disaster for 2 years, now we find out it is not anywhere near complete and more "changes" are coming. Get the company you hired to immediatly fix the problems they caused before making MORE changes.
RCG
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April 29, 2013
I hope the improvements to 20 are made faster than those currently in progress ... the county has been working on 7 miles of improvements for OVER 4 YEARS ... they still have not completed the new lanes and the resurfacing - and the work crews have not been seen working on the project for about three weeks -- but all the warning barrels are still there -- guess they forgot where the project was ... Great work Cherokee County !!!!
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