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Routes redesignated in downtown Cumming
Change was years in the making
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CUMMING — Traveling through downtown Cumming may soon become less confusing for those drivers trying to follow Hwys. 9 and 20.

At the suggestion of the state Department of Transportation, the city council voted 5-0 on Tuesday night to slightly redesignate the routes.

Instead of traveling down Atlanta Road and West Maple Street, the state highways will stay on Veterans Memorial Boulevard.

“What The DOT had requested, and the city agreed … was Veterans Memorial — which as far as a city street is still named Veterans Memorial — becomes a state road right at the intersection where the new construction [of the jail and courthouse] is,” said City Administrator Gerald Blackburn.  

The change takes place where West Maple meets Veterans Memorial. Officials say it should ease the flow for those following the state route by taking out extra turns, especially on Hwy. 9.

“If you’re looking at a state map, and you’re going south on [Hwy.] 9, it made absolutely no sense to make that jut to the left and back to the right,” Blackburn said.

“It just made sense to join [Hwy.] 9 and [Hwy.] 20 right here in town and go south from there.”

Other than the official name, the only real change is that the DOT will be responsible for some repair work along Veterans Memorial.

“Some of the maintenance,” Blackburn said. “… The names of the streets won’t change. In other words, if you get your mail on Veterans Memorial, it’ll still come [as] Veterans Memorial.”

The city and state have discussed redesignating the routes for years, but there were a few road issues the city had to resolve first, Blackburn said.

“There’s some intersections and lights and stuff like that needed to take place, and they have,” he said. “All of those things have been completed and the city and the state made the change.”