One week remains for Hwy 20 public input
by Joshua Sharpe
July 07, 2013 12:33 AM | 2357 views | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A state road work project on Highway 20 east of Canton is finally nearing completion after three years. <br> Staff/Todd Hull
A state road work project on Highway 20 east of Canton is finally nearing completion after three years.
Staff/Todd Hull
Only one week remains for Cherokee County residents hoping to put in their two cents on new construction coming to the 25-mile, traffic-heavy stretch of Highway 20 between Canton and Cumming.

Mohamed Arafa, communications officer for the Georgia Department of Transportation, said residents have until July 15 to go to www.sr20.metro and give their opinion on the project, which is planned to improve traffic and safety conditions on the well-traveled road between from Interstate 575 in Canton to Highway 400 in Cumming.

Arafa and other representatives with GDOT have been clear that there are no set plans for the project.

GDOT has, as federal law mandates, asked the public to weigh in on how to proceed and what the potential impacts of the project could be on the well-populated, historically rich area.

After conducting two public hearings on the project, Arafa said

GDOT is still in the process of sorting out what the public had to say. The department is also still sorting through comments made by residents online, he said.

This round of public input on the project is part of the process for such projects required under the National Environmental Policy Act, which requires GDOT to produce a comprehensive document detailing the potential environmental impacts of the construction on the area around the road.

This document is projected to be complete by 2016 and must be approved by the Federal Highway Administration, Arafa said.

Once the federal government approves, Arafa said GDOT can begin the right of way acquisition process.

Construction is expected to begin in 2020, he said.

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