GDOT: Widening on Highway 20 now complete
by Rebecca Johnston
September 19, 2013 01:04 AM | 1811 views | 2 2 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print

The $11.2 million road improvement project along State Route 20 from Union Hill Road to Greenwood Court east of Canton is now complete, GDOT said. <br>Staff/Todd Hull
The $11.2 million road improvement project along State Route 20 from Union Hill Road to Greenwood Court east of Canton is now complete, GDOT said.
Staff/Todd Hull
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The $11.2 million road improvement project along State Route 20 from Union Hill Road to Greenwood Court east of Canton is now complete, the Georgia Department of Transportation announced Wednesday.

The project, which added truck passing lanes on 4.3 miles of the congested highway, began in September 2010 and was scheduled to be completed in July, but wet weather delayed the project about a month, GDOT spokesperson Mohamed Arafa said Wednesday.

“The public is happy to see it done and get an extra lane, and to see traffic at peak times moving smoother.” Arafa said.

While construction on the project is complete, some minor work is still to be done, including striping and what Arafa termed “correction work” by the contractor.

“We are glad to complete these passing lanes on schedule and give the improved road back to the traveling public in Cherokee County,” said Dewayne Comer, district engineer at the Georgia DOT office in Cartersville, in a release. “Although some minor work remains to be done, construction is complete as far as the traveling public is concerned.”

Arafa said the lanes will keep traffic from backing up badly when motorists make a left-hand turn.

“Traffic on Highway 20 is benefitting; this helps with congestion. Trucks that had to be waiting behind a vehicle turning left now have a way to pass, and this cuts down on back-up. It eases congestion that results from vehicles turning,” Arafa said.

The project wraps up all construction on Highway 20 in Cherokee, but environmental studies on a major project are now underway.

The State Route 20 Project from Interstate 575 to Highway 400 in Cumming is not expected to see construction begin until 2020, GDOT officials have said.

Results of a survey and two public meetings were released in June, with a total of 361 attending the meetings to give input on what the scope of the project should include. About 213 attended the meeting held in Cherokee County in Ball Ground and 148 went to the meeting in Cumming. A total of 848 visited the online survey, GDOT documents show.

Arafa said Wednesday the environmental assessment for the project is underway.

“We are trying to come up with a concept of what we want to do, and that is why we went to the community. We are working on the National Environmental Policy Act, required by federal government, which includes environmental effects, cultural, natural and social,” Arafa said. “This is the first phase of the plan, public involvement.”

According to the report, the widening of Highway 20 from Interstate 575 to Scott Road is expected to begin in 2018.

“Given the extensive input we received and concern about congestion in the area, we are working to determine if there are any other feasible short term options that might help alleviate traffic congestion in this area,” the report states.

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RCG
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September 21, 2013
Only a GDOT bureaucrat would be proud of completing the Highway 20 work in three years - and then blame the delays on inclement weather. (guys, the rain only occurred during the last few month - the rest of the time we were in drought)

In reality what GDOT has accomplished is the addition of a single extra traffic lane for only a portion of the 4.3 miles of road at at cost of over $11 million - that's $2.6 Million per mile that the taxpayers had to pay for ... And it took them 3 years to do in --

Great work GDOT - you have once again shown just how inept you really are ....

Now GDOT says it has finally identified that there is a traffic problem between I575 and Scott Road and they are planning to widen this section of road -- IN FIVE YEARS!

Guess these GDOT bureaucrats aren't among the thousands of Cherokee citizens that are inconvenienced and stuck in traffic daily on this stretch of road - and that have been for the past 4 years - ever since GDOT designed and installed this monstrosity of a road ......

And we pay these guys well to create these problems ???????

Grazer
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September 19, 2013
From what I've seen, the lanes are for street racing. Aren't people in those lanes supposed to observe a 45 mph speed limit? I'm wondering if the speed limit signs, when/if they get put up, will be for 70 mph? That seems to be the average speed limit of cars in the passing lane. I stay off the areas of 20 that have passing lanes unless its absolutely necessary. I don't want to get killed out there by a speeder. Besides, I have yet to see an officer stopping anybody.
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