Source: NorthFulton.com

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GDOT widens turning lane at Woodland Hills Drive

by Aldo Nahed

January 14, 2014

CUMMING, Ga. — The Georgia Department of Transportation announced a "quick response project" to widen State Route 20 at its intersection with Woodland Hills Drive.

This newly extended center turning lane will help improve traffic flow on Ga. 20 in Cumming.

Work concluded Dec. 31, 2013.

"We widened SR 20 to create an additional 600 feet of center turning lane. This new area will improve the overall operation of SR 20 by allowing left turners to get out of the traffic flow, eliminating back-ups in the immediate area. I believe it will make a big difference to the people who use the roadway daily," said Rudy Bowen, GDOT board member.

Bowen, of Suwanee, represents the 7th Congressional District including southern Forsyth County on the State Transportation Board.

The quick response program allows low cost, operational improvements to be made to the state route system. Projects are identified by GDOT engineers or city/county staff, and then managed through the Office of Local Grants.

This improvement cost $59,510.35.

"Small changes can make a big change in your commute. The quick response program is a tool specifically for work typically costing less than $200,000," said Bowen. "As we work to improve the state route system in northeast Georgia, please share your ideas with us by using our website, www.dot.ga.gov."

This week GDOT crews will trim vegetation in the rights of way along Ga. 369, the shoulder of the roadway will be closed as this work occurs.

Another crew will fill cracks in the asphalt on Ga. 141 (Peachtree Parkway). A lane closure is required as this work occurs and delays are expected.