Spinning our Wheels

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How to fix Ga. 20 in Cherokee, Forsyth?

State transportation leaders are trying to develop a plan to address congestion and a high rate of accidents on Ga. 20, a key east-west route across the top-end of metro Atlanta.

The 24-mile-long segment from I-575 to Ga. 400 is a difficult path to traverse because its width varies from two to five lanes. Its speed also varies between 25 and 55 mph as it winds through different communities in Cherokee and Forsyth counties.

Some portions of the road are traveled by upwards of 34,000 vehicles per day, while others carry fewer than 14,000. Congestion along the route is bad already, but it's going to get worse as Cherokee and Forsyth County populations are projected to grow by between 94 and 114 percent over the next 25 years. As a result, traffic studies show that today's travel times could be quadrupled by 2040.

From now until Oct. 19, the Georgia Department of Transportation is accepting public feedback about where improvements are needed, and where (or whether) accommodations should be made for bicycles, pedestrians and transit.

You can either visit the website or submit comments by mail to:

Ms. Hiral Patel, P.E.

Georgia Department of Transportation

600 West Peachtree Street NW, 16th Floor

Atlanta, Georgia 30308

The Georgia Department of Transportation is considering how to overhaul Ga. 20 in Forsyth and Cherokee counties.

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