Stop the proposed 6-lane widening of SR 20 to preserve rural Cherokee and Forsyth
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GDOT plans to replace the existing 2-lane highway between Canton and Cumming with a 6- to 9-lane highway and 24-ft concrete median, displacing over 270 homes and businesses. The proposal would make Hwy 20 wider than both 575 and 400. While we recognize that safety concerns exist with the current highway and that some development is inevitable, we believe that the current proposal will:
--Spur rapid and dense development that is inconsistent with the character of rural Cherokee and Forsyth counties and not wanted by its residents.
--Physically divide the communities of Buffington, Macedonia, Lathemtown, Free Home, and Ducktown, and displace long-term residents and cherished local businesses.
--Endanger residents and commuters with the introduction of additional traffic, including tractor trailers, and unprotected left turns.
--Introduce environmental concerns, including air and noise pollution, and significant loss of wildlife and wetland habitats.
We request that GDOT revise its plans for improvements along the Hwy 20 corridor to be more consistent with both the recommendations of its own traffic studies and the long-term development plans for Cherokee and Forsyth counties, and that they consider the use of alternate freight routes to ensure the safety of Hwy 20 for our local communities.
For more information, visit www.hwy20communityalliance.com.
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