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Ga. 20 open house to be held

SUGAR HILL - The plans for the third phase of a project to widen Ga. Highway 20 throughout Gwinnett will be revealed at a meeting tonight.

The Georgia Department of Transportation will host a public information open house to discuss the proposal for the stretch from Peachtree Industrial Boulevard to James Burgess Road in Forsyth County. The project includes widening the bridge over the Chattahoochee River, where traffic backs up daily.

Several years ago, state officials agreed to pay the $40 million for widening three stretches of Ga. 20 as part of a deal to fund regional buses.

Construction on the first, from Plantation Boulevard to Ozora Road in Grayson, could begin this year, while officials are buying land for the second stretch, from Ozora Road to the county line in Loganville.

While the Sugar Hill work is complete, the entire length of Ga. 20 in Gwinnett will be at least four lanes.

Anyone unable to attend the public information open house may send comments on the project to Harvey Keepler, Georgia DOT, 3993 Aviation Circle, Atlanta, GA 30336. Comments must be received by March 21.

Residents can view displays of the project at the Georgia DOT District Office, 2505 Athens Highway in Gainesville. Call 770-532-5526 for an appointment.

If you go

What: Public information open house on Ga. 20 widening

When: 4 to 7 p.m. today

Where: Sugar Hill Community Center, 1166 Church St., Sugar Hill