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New State Route 20 Bridge is OPEN

 Lawrenceville, Ga. – Georgia DOT announces the new State Route 20 Bridge over SR 316 is now open for you to use. The new bridge opened at 5 a.m. today. The new SR 20 features sidewalks and three lanes in each direction from Hurricane Shoals Road across SR 316 to Reynolds Road. The new bridge is 10 lanes wide, 3 lanes in each direction and dual left turn lanes to each direction of SR 316. The new traffic signal at SR 20 and Reynolds Drive is operational now.

“We opened the new bridge over the weekend so motorists can get accustomed to the change outside of the peak travel times. We have two priorities this summer; lowering SR 316 and opening the Collins Hill Bridge over SR 316. After 316 is lowered, traffic can be returned to the through lanes of 316. This will allow only traffic wanting to access SR 20 to use the ramps to SR 20. Our goal is to open the Collins Hill Bridge before the Fall semester begins at Georgia Gwinnett College. Please slow down and use extra caution as everyone gets used to this change,” explained Harold Mull, District Construction Engineer.

Once the project is completed, motorists on will access SR 316 via ramps instead of the existing intersections. “This project will build one interchange or exit to allow traffic from State Route 316 to access State Route 20 or to access Collins Hill Road using a system of long ramps. The existing signalized intersections at State Route 20 and at Collins Hill Road will be removed as the interchange is finished. It is similar to the system we have along I-85 from SR 120 down to Pleasant Hill Road. You get off the mainline of I-85 south at SR 120 and use the parallel roads to access the exit you need,” concluded Mull.

This $37.4 million construction project includes 2.23 miles of new roadway and two new bridges over   SR 316. The project completion date is May 31, 2016 and the contractor is GP’S Enterprises, Inc. of Auburn.



Georgia DOT Maintenance Crews will begin install reflective raised pavement markers on State  Route (SR) 108 and Interstate 575 in Cherokee County. Work will proceed daily between the hours of  7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., weather permitting.

WHEN:      Monday, May 12 through Thursday, May15, 2014 from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

WHERE:  SR 108 and Interstates 575 in Cherokee County

Georgia State Park Gift Cards Now Available – Gift ideas include camping, cabins, boat tours and golf

Georgia State Gift Cards

Searching for the perfect gift for an outdoor enthusiast? Georgia State Parks now offer gift cards that can be used for campsites, cabins, yurts, retail shops, picnic shelters, historic sites, boat rentals, golf and numerous other outdoor activities. Some popular sites to redeem the cards include Red Top Mountain, Sweetwater Creek, Kolomoki Mounds and Cloudland Canyon state parks, as well as Dahlonega Gold Museum, Fort King George and Roosevelt’s Little White House.

“Georgia State Park gift cards are the perfect surprise for those who love outdoor recreation, Georgia history and beautiful scenery,” said State Parks Director Becky Kelley. “We’re glad to be able to offer these just in time for summer weddings and college graduations.”

Cards come in any denomination starting at $5 and can be re-loaded for continued use. They may be purchased at most Georgia State Park offices, online or by calling 1-800-434-0982. For a list of participating parks and details, visit