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Tell GDOT what you think of Ga. 20


New technology used in survey


May 15, 2013
CUMMING, Ga. What are the main concerns on Ga. 20? Is it traffic congestion, signals or lack of access to business? Would a bike-path be something that can add character to the roadway?

For the first time, the Georgia Department of Transportation is using the Metro Quest survey to solicit community input.

"It's a new technology and it's an easier, friendlier way to capture information from the community," said Teri Pope, a spokeswoman for GDOT. "People can easily and quickly five to 10 minutes tell us what they think of the project and what their priorities are for the corridor."

The online survey allows users to rank priorities for the roadway project and interact with maps and other tools to share their voice.

"You can drop these little pins and describe what the problem is, and it's really neat," said Karyn Matthews, project manager for GDOT.

Another page offers the public a chance to be entered into contact lists for more detailed information.

"If we can get the comments now, they can become part of the corridor plan," Pope said.

The online survey and public meetings serve the same purpose, to have the community's voice and ideas heard, said Pope.

Comments posted online at forums, blogs or news websites cannot be used by GDOT.

"We cannot use anonymous comments like that," Pope said.

Another advantage to taking the online survey is that some comments written out at public meetings can be illegible.

"People can get upset if we don't reply," Pope said. "This is a definitive way to tell GDOT what you think."

For the survey, visit www.sr20.metroquest.com.

Managing Editor, Appen Media.
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