Speed limit lowered on Ga. 20 construction zone in Sugar Hill

SUGAR HILL — Slow down.

The Georgia Department of Transportation wants people to be extra cautious, as crews work to widen Ga. Highway 20 in Sugar Hill.

Beginning Monday, the speed limit will drop along the stretch — from Peachtree Industrial Boulevard in Gwinnett to James Burgess Road in Forsyth — from 45 mph to 35 mph.

“In our active work zones the speed limit is lowered by 10 miles per hour 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout the life of the project,” said DOT district construction engineer Harold Mull. “It is a safety decision, for the safety of people driving through the area and for workers in the area.

“It is absolutely imperative that drivers slowdown in the work zone. There will be dozens of pieces of equipment and people working in or near State Route 20 at all times of the day. We must maintain a slower, consistent pace of traffic.”

With crews nowworking to clear land in anticipation of the widening, the long-awaited project is expected to last three years.

To warn motorists, the DOT plans to post changeable message signs, new speed limit signs with flags attached and speed reduction warning signs.

“Remember by Georgia law, that fines are doubled in a work zone and that is for each offense up to $2,000,” Mull said. “It will benefit your pocket and your safety for you to slow down and pay extra attention through this work zone and all other work zones in Georgia.”