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DOT opens second lane on Highway 20

LOGANVILLE -- A widening project of Ga. Highway 20 that began more than two years ago opened to traffic on Wednesday morning.

The Georgia Department of Transportation opened two eastbound lanes from Ozora Road to Brand Road, and District Engineer Bayne Smith said paving continues westbound. Lane closures and traffic shifts will occur during paving.

"The opening of a second lane eastbound will improve traffic flow and efficiency in the area by adding more capacity to our roadway network," Smith said in a news release.

The 2.7-mile long project, which cost $10.9 million and was paid for by stimulus funds, began in March 2010 and was originally expected to be completed late last year.

The project widens Ga. Highway 20 to a four-lane divided highway from Cooper/Ozora Roads to Brand Road.

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FordGalaxy 1 year, 11 months ago

If you are really concerned with traffic flow and efficiency, then when are you going to widen Hwy 20 from Buford to Cumming? It is ridiculous that so much of that road is still two-lane, considering the amount of traffic taking it daily.

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jack 1 year, 11 months ago

You'll get that only in exchange for a T-SPLOST yes vote.

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R 1 year, 11 months ago

Somehow it fell off the radar about the time T-SPLOST was conceived, even though a lot of preliminaries were done?

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jjbod1 1 year, 11 months ago

They can take there T-SPLOST and shove it you know where ; )

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BufordGuy 1 year, 11 months ago

Let's just hope it's not the same contractor. Wow.

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news2me 1 year, 11 months ago

Why not add three. That will eventually have to happen.

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booster 1 year, 11 months ago

Better yet, State 20 already goes all the way to I-75 north and beyond. Widen it all the way. to I-75. That would vastly reduce the long-haul traffic load that is now present on I-85 to I-285 to I-75 north.. Put a speed limit of not less than 60mph on the route. Don't allow any local school be constructed on the route that would be having the locals demanding a reduced speed limit in the area. Reduce the number of stop lights. Go around any town State 20 now passes thru, which is very few. That would go a long way to solving the current trucker traffic going north, and would be a way for DOT to establish the corridor it had to give up some years ago because the of "green" folks getting bent out of shape over the project.

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phopte 1 year, 11 months ago

I guess you haven't ever driven that route based on your comments. There are already at least 4 and maybe more schools on that route. Further, 20 goes through towns like Sugar Hill, Buford, Lawrenceville, Grayson and Woodstock. Good luck wiping out some of the most traveled roads through those towns. While I agree that a link along the lines you suggest would be good for traffic congestion, turning 20 into a truck bypass route won't fly anywhere along that route.

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R 1 year, 11 months ago

You haven't driven it late have you? There are large sections already complete from Cherokee on over. It rides VERY nicely.

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Kristykaymc 1 year, 11 months ago

Why didn't GGPC hustle like this to finish the project early? Or even on time. Instead, they are paying daily fines for being behind.

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