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State Route 20 Widening Work Concludes in Cumming

The extended center turn lane will help traffic flow, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

State Route 20 at Woodland Hills Drive in Cumming and Forsyth County. Credit: GDOT
State Route 20 at Woodland Hills Drive in Cumming and Forsyth County. Credit: GDOT

The Georgia Department of Transportation announced today that work concluded Dec. 31 on a Quick-response project to widen State Route 20 at its intersection with Woodland Hills Drive in Cumming. The newly-extended center turning lane will help improve traffic flow, according to the press release.

“We widened SR 20 to create an additional 600 feet of center turning lane. This new area will improve the overall operation of SR 20 by allowing left turners to get out of the traffic flow, eliminating back-ups in the immediate area," said Rudy Bowen, a GDOT board member. "I believe it will make a big difference to the people who use the roadway daily.” 

Bowen represents the 7th Congressional District, including southern Forsyth County, on the State Transportation Board. He joined the GDOT Board in 2007 and served as chairman. He lives in from Suwanee.

The Quick Response program allows low cost, operational improvements to be made to the State Route system. Projects are identified by GDOT engineers or cityand county staff, then managed through the Office of Local Grants. 

The SR 20 improvement in Cumming cost $59,510.35.

“Small changes can make a big change in your commute. The quick response program is a tool specifically for work typically costing less than $200,000. As we work to improve the state route system in northeast Georgia, please share your ideas with us by using our website, www.dot.ga.gov,” Bowen added.

In addition to its primary responsibility to provide for the safety, maintenance and growth of Georgia’s federal and state highway system, the Department of Transportation also assists cities and counties in the care and expansion of local roads and streets. Through its Local Maintenance and Improvement Grants (LMIG) program—formerly the State Aid and the Local Assistance Road (LARP) programs—Georgia DOT has given cities and counties nearly $860 million during the past decade.  

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