Expanding Hwy 20 would not decrease traffic congestion. According to transportation planners, widening existing roads increases traffic congestion in the long term. This phenomenon is known as “induced demand.”

Building Bigger Roads Actually Makes Traffic Worse

More Roads Pave the Way for More Traffic

Statistically, Highway Expansion Creates More Traffic Within 5 Years

Expanding Hwy 20 would spur rapid and dense development including multi-family housing and strip malls. Rapid residential development would overcrowd schools and lead to school attendance zone redistricting, cutting residents off from their neighborhood schools. Urbanization also results in higher crime and lower property values.

Robbery, Violent Crime Rates Higher in Areas of High Density Development

Parents Fight Forsyth County Schools Redistricting Spurred by Rapid Population Growth

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Lathemtown in Cherokee County is currently zoned for “Neighborhood Village” and “Community Village” areas for commercial development, and “Suburban Growth” and “Country Estates” for residential development. Expanding Hwy 20 would drastically change the county’s long-term development plan. More maps available here.

Expanding Hwy 20 would increase tractor-trailer traffic and make Hwy 20 more dangerous. The proposed widening between Canton and Cumming is part of a larger GDOT plan to re-route freight traffic around Atlanta by way of a “northern arc” to accommodate increasing traffic from the port at Savannah. More tractor-trailers on Hwy 20 are a danger to local residents and commuters. For more information on the Northern Arc, click here.

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Dredging of Port at Savannah to Increase Traffic

Accidents Caused by Tractor-Trailers are Rising

Trucking Industry Lobby Makes GA Roadways Less Safe

Expanding Hwy 20 would increase air and noise pollution, which cause health issues. Studies show numerous health risks associated with increased traffic pollution, including a higher risk of asthma and allergies, childhood cancers, dementia, and stress. Property values of those homes closest to the highway would suffer.

Exposure to Traffic Pollutants Increases Asthma, Allergies in Children

Traffic Exposure Increases Risk of Childhood Leukemia, Other Cancers

Proximity to Major Roads Increases Dementia Risk

Roadway Noise Pollution Harms Children

Expanding Hwy 20 would have massive environmental impacts, and GDOT and the state legislature have circumvented federal environmental regulations through clever project design that exploits a loophole in Georgia law created by Senator Brandon Beach himself.

The Environmental Impact of Roads

Noise Pollution from Highways Harms Wildlife

Georgia HB170 (2015): Transportation Bill Won’t Put You in the Fast Lane

SB 346 (2015): Exempts Roadway Projects <$100million from Environmental Law