Ga. 20 widening work to continue north in Forsyth

The construction zone on Ga. Highway 20 in northern Gwinnett will stretch even further into southern Forsyth, after officials approved another phase of highway widening.

With crews working on moving utilities and beginning of the grading for the project through Sugar Hill, which stretches from Burnett Road to Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, and work on the new bridge over the Chattahoochee River expected to begin this spring, the Georgia Department of Transportation approved a nearly $19 million on the next stretch.

The newest phase to the four-laning work will add 2.75 miles from Samples Road to James Burgess Road, making a total of 7.5 miles that will be under construction from Sugar Hill to Cumming, once the crews from C.W. Matthews Contracting get to work this summer.

“State Route 20 serves as a major east west arterial with a principal crossing over the Chattahoochee River, linking Gwinnett and Forsyth Counties. The roadway is also a regional corridor, as one of three east-west state routes crossing Lake Lanier,” said Rudy Bowen, the Gwinnett man who represents the two counties on the Georgia DOT Board. “The widening of this section of the roadway will enhance traffic movement and safety for pedestrians as well as motorists on this critical east-west route. I look forward to finishing this work and providing the people of Georgia with four lanes of State Route 20 from State Route 400 to I-85.”

The latest project is expected to be completed in November 2016, which is just a matter of months behind the other two projects, which went to construction last summer. C.W. Matthews crews are tasked with all three projects, which are an extension of a move intended to have four lanes along the road throughout Gwinnett, including two sections in southern parts of the county widened over the last decade.

“Please be slow down through the work zone for your own safety and for the safety of our workers,” Bowen said, directing people interested in updates on the work to contact a DOT spokeswoman at tpope@dot.ga.gov.