Until July 6, online comments are requested by Georgia Department of Transportation officials for a new project on Ga. 20 between I-75 in Barrow County and I-575 in Cherokee County. (Courtesy of Georgia Department of Transportation)
Georgia Department of Transportation - Northwest officials are asking for comments until July 6 on a project designed to alleviate congestion and reduce crash frequency on Ga. 20 between Interstate 75 in Bartow County and Interstate 575 in Cherokee County.
The estimated project cost is $233.5 million through 2028.
Ga. 20 would be widened for 17 miles.
Potential benefits, according to the GDOT, include:
Improvements to access management and horizontal/vertical curvature have the potential to reduce the number and severity of crashes occurring along the corridor.
Reduce future traffic congestion.
The project proposes to add roundabouts at four locations along the corridor at the Ga. 20 intersections with Wilderness Camp Road, Pope Circle/Riverbend Way, Butterworth Road/River Green Avenue and Ga. 5. Studies have shown roundabouts reduce crashes and improve operations by eliminating crossing conflicts and reduce delay when compared to a signalized intersection.
Realignment of intersections that currently have a limited line of sight for enhanced safety.
Replacement of a 70-year-old bridge with low operating ratings (Knox Memorial Bridge over Lake Allatoona/Etowah River).
Addition of sidewalks for walkability and safety enhancements for pedestrians.
Georgia DOT’s Northwest is comprised of 17 counties in Northwest Georgia.