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Meeting to focus on widening of Hwy. 20
Open house will be held in Sugar Hill
20 widening 2007 meet
Department of Transportation official Matthew Smith explains a Hwy. 20 project to residents in 2007. - photo by File photo
Residents will have a chance next week to tell the state what they think about the much anticipated widening of Hwy. 20 between Forsyth and Gwinnett counties.

The state Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing/open house meeting to discuss the project, which would cover the stretch of Hwy. 20 from Samples Road to Peachtree Industrial Boulevard.

The meeting is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 6 in the  (click for map) Sugar Hill Community Center, 1166 Church St. The proposal includes a four-lane divided highway and a new bridge over the Chattahoochee River.

Part of the project is in Forsyth County Commissioner Jim Boff’s district. He said he thinks his constituents will be interested in the plans.

“I do plan on being at that meeting,” Boff said. “Overall, I think it’s a good thing.”

He said residents from his district also are concerned about accessing Hwy. 20 from Echols Road.

While there will be no formal presentation on the project, DOT engineers will be there to discuss it.

Those who are unable to attend may send comments to Glenn Bowman, Georgia DOT, 3993 Aviation Circle, Atlanta, GA 30336. Comments must be received by Aug. 17.

Displays of the proposal will be available after the meeting at the DOT District Office on Athens Highway in Gainesville or at the DOT Area Office on Hurricane Shoals Road in Lawrenceville.

The plans also will be available in the engineering department at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, Sugar Hill City Hall or the Forsyth County engineering department.

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