I am a resident of Forsyth Co and live off Hwy 20, near the proposed project.  We all agree improvements are needed for future growth.  It is overwhelmingly concerning that the forecast for the future proposes 6-9 lanes.  GDOT studies indicated 4 lanes is sufficient to address purpose of this project, per GDOT – “to address the unacceptable levels of congestion; high crash, injury & fatality rates; and limited mobility for east/west travel movements.”  GDOT’s crash data map, pictured below, shows the highest crash levels going thru downtown Cumming, yet the Hwy 20 improvements stop at Sawnee Dr just west of downtown Cumming.

HWY 20 crash

This proposal does not address the worst part of Hwy 20 which is downtown Cumming, and the 6-lane design will push more traffic in that direction.  I understand there was no consensus between GDOT and the city of Cumming, but at the end of the day, GDOT manages this state road and needs this HUGE issue in this plan, and not take a “let’s wait and see and then try to fix it 30-40 years from now” approach.  Who are the people of Forsyth County and Cumming who are working with GDOT?  I seem to get no response to my inquires with our local officials.

If this proposal goes through and downtown Cumming becomes an immediate issue, how long before GDOT takes care of it with a reroute or other solution?

GDOT indicates that once Post Rd and Bethelview projects are completed, they feel more of the traffic will route down these roads.  If that is the case, then 4 lanes should be sufficient from these intersections to keep a continual flow of traffic through Cumming, with traditional lights at the intersections.  Six lanes will not allow a continual flow into Cumming, nor reduce the crash rate which GDOT’s crash map shows is the highest along Hwy 20!

Jackie Koman
Cumming, GA 

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