Ga. 20 project in Loganville hits milestone but will miss deadline

LOGANVILLE -- A median will soon split traffic on Grayson Highway, fulfilling a long-awaited dream of local drivers.

But Ga. Highway 20 widening project will not be completed by its contract deadline of the end of the year, officials said.

The $10.9 million project is about 73 percent complete, as of the end of November, a press release said of the work being performed by Gary's Grading and Pipeline. It could be spring before the job is done.

But one milestone could come Wednesday, if weather permits, a press release said.

While the finished project will feature four lanes, for now, the road will carry one lane in each direction, split by the median, the release said.

On Thursday, rod crews are expected to begin testing three new traffic signals along the stretch -- which is 2.7 miles from Cooper Road to Brand Road.

If all goes according to plan, the signals will flash at Ga. 20's intersections with Oak Grove Road, with Hoke O'Kelly Mill Road and with Brand Road, with the signals becoming operational in the days afterward.

The press release said lane closures and traffic shifts will continue until paving is complete on the project, which could be as late as spring, since asphalt paving is sensitive to temperature.