FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Could a new highway connect Cherokee and Forsyth counties?
The Georgia Department of Transportation, which is studying plans to widen Ga. 20 from Cumming to Canton says there’s a possibility to build a new highway to the north or south of the existing two-lane road that runs east and west.
GDOT’s Natalie Dale said Ga. 20 has reached capacity and as the area continues to grow, traffic is only getting worse.
“That’s one of the biggest growth areas in our state,” Dale told WSB-TV.
The project would cover 25 miles between Interstate 575 and Ga. 400.
Dale said the option to build a highway is a decision that is years away. An environmental impact study and input from the communities near the route would also be planned.
Teri Pope, a spokeswoman for GDOT, said traffic congestion on and around Ga. 20 has already reached an unacceptable level, but in 20 years, will be over 200 percent worse.
Robert Chambers, chairman of the Highway 20 Coalition, said his group is in favor of improving Ga. 20, but not building a highway.
Chambers said a possible highway route would impact property values and the residents’ quality of life.
Dale said a decision is expected by 2018 and construction would begin in 2020.
For more information, visit www.dot.ga.gov/sr20improvements.