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Officials move forward with widening Ga. Highway 20

LAWRENCEVILLE — Gwinnett’s dream of having a four-lane Ga. Highway 20 from border to border is even closer to reality.

Officials signed an agreement with the state to move forward with the purchase of land along the right of way to widen Ga. 20 from Peachtree Industrial Boulevard to the Chattahoochee River.

The county will spend about $700,000 for services related to the acquisitions but will use $11 million in federal funding for the land, a press release said.

“This agreement lets us get started on the time-consuming process of negotiating for right-of-way and easements on more than 200 properties,” said Transportation Director Brian Allen, adding that the Federal Highway Administration approved environmental studies earlier this year.

While construction crews completed an earlier project to widen the highway through Grayson, crews are currently working on a stretch to continue the widening through Loganville.

According to Georgia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Teri Pope, the work is “slightly behind schedule,” but still due for completion by the end of 2011.

After the beginning of the year, officials are planning to switch traffic to the two new lanes under construction, so the work can move to the older lanes.

“(Those) go much faster and move quicker,” she said.