As of Wednesday, April 17, 2013
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE -- One of the most clogged routes out of Gwinnett will soon be smoother, as Georgia transportation officials announced the commencement of work on a long-awaited widening project on the Ga. Highway 20 bridge over the Chattahoochee River.
The state Department of Transportation approved a $10.2 million contract with C.W. Matthews Contracting for the widening, a 1.079-mile long project from west of Ruth Lane to east of Riverside Road.
With county officials poised to approve work on a stretch of the highway through Sugar Hill, the work is expected to complete a decade-long effort to widen Ga. 20 to four lanes throughout the county.
"This is great news for our community," said state DOT board member Rudy Bowen, who lives in Gwinnett. "This transportation investment will improve east west connectivity for the region."
Work is expected to begin early this summer, with the bridge scheduled for completion by the end of May 2016.
The county portion -- a state-funded project to begin at Peachtree Industrial Boulevard -- is expected to be approved next month and could begin by the fall.