Those residents spoke with GDOT representatives at the Cherokee County Conference Center and viewed renderings of what the stretch of road from Interstate 575 to Scott Road would look like once the projected $6 million project was complete.
As the meeting was drawing to a close around 7 p.m., Cynthia Burney, the manager of the project, said the feedback had been overwhelmingly positive.
“A lot of people really like it,” Burney said. “Some people have said that they’d have preferred it to have gone further out.”
Burney said those she had talked to about the project, which will widen the road to four lanes between Northside Parkway and Scott Road, agreed with GDOT that traffic has gotten out of hand and needs to be helped.
“Definitely, there’s a need, there’s a lot of traffic here,” she said, “and that’s what they’ve expressed.”
Multiple residents who attended the meeting also said they were all for widening the stretch of Highway 20 and even wished construction would start sooner, instead of the projected completion date of sometime in 2018.
One man said he’d like to see a bulldozer tomorrow.
Several residents, though, said they were weren’t exactly happy about the potential median GDOT is proposing to build down the center of the road, because it could some drivers to make U-turns.
For James and Teresa Ayers, traffic on this portion of Highway 20 has for quite some time made the simple task of getting to their home in the Governors Walk subdivision much too difficult.
“The bottleneck is really a bottleneck,” James Ayers said.
During rush hour, he said it can take him 15 minutes to drive the short distance from I-575 to his door.
“That traffic will actually backup down the ramp,” he said, adding that four-laning would be a “major improvement.”
His wife agrees.
“It’s very badly needed,” said Teresa Ayers. “Traffic’s really bad through there. Thanksgiving or Christmas, forget it.”