Public input sought on proposed Ga. 20 options

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CUMMING, Ga. — A 24-mile stretch of Ga. 20, between Interstate 575 in Canton and Ga. 400 in Cumming, has portions that can be a burden to motorists.

The public is invited to discuss potential improvements to Ga. 20 at two public meetings in December. The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) seeks to identify potential improvements along Ga. 20 from I-575 in Canton to Ga. 400 in Cumming to improve mobility, reduce congestion and address safety.

GDOT has federal funds to make traffic flow in the area.

Ga. 20 has exceeded its capacity and multiple improvements are needed in Cherokee and Forsyth counties.

Right now, 40 percent of the corridor has an unacceptable level of traffic congestion. Without any improvements, in 20 years, it’s estimated that 90 percent of the corridor will reach unacceptable levels, said Karyn Matthews, project manager for GDOT.

This is the first of many steps before the project takes off. It will be at least 10 years before construction can begin.

Following a series of public meetings in May where people provided ideas for potential improvements along Ga. 20, meetings on Dec. 10 and 12 will provide the public with an opportunity to comment on initial alternatives and learn more about the next steps of the Ga. 20 project.

At these open house meetings, there will be no formal presentations. GDOT staff will be available to discuss the project as they seek feedback on the potential solutions for the corridor. Identical information will be presented at each meeting.

On Dec. 10, public input can be given at the Calvary Baptist Church, 137 Hightower Road. The second public meeting will be Dec. 12 at Otwell Middle School’s cafeteria, 605 Tribble Gap Road. The meetings take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for both dates.

For more information, visit http://www.dot.ga.gov/sr20improvements. An online survey is also available at http://sr20.metroquest.com.

Public information open houses planned for December

The Georgia DOT seeks ways to improve Ga. 20 between Canton and Cumming.

The second round of open house sessions will begin presenting draft solutions to get feedback from the public.

There is no formal presentation; just drop in during open house hours. The same information will be presented at both sessions.

Tuesday, Dec. 10, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Calvary Baptist Church

137 Hightower Road/Ga. 369

Ball Ground, Ga. 30107

Thursday, Dec. 12, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Otwell Middle School cafeteria

605 Tribble Gap Road

Cumming, Ga. 30040