I-20 Construction Project Displaces Some

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October 11, 2005
There are trees down along Interstate-20, but it’s all part of a master plan to relieve traffic. News 12 is on your side explaining what’s next for a project that will last several years.

The work on I-20 promises to relieve congestion. But the project will take years to complete and will force some out of their homes.

Imagine coming home one afternoon and your front yard looks like this.

“That was all trees, you couldn’t even see this house from back here. Now we’re a little bit worried about being burglarized because no one even knew this was back here,” said Bobby Lopez.

Bobby Lopez has rented this house for almost four years, tucked along Davis Road near Interstate-20. But now comes news he’ll have to move out by spring.

“Everyday, they’re tearing something down. For a long time, it was just a whole bunch of noise, then cutting the trees and hauling the trees off. They actually busted a water main a couple of times, left us without water a day here and there,” Lopez said.

It’s an area being bulldozed to make room for an interstate exit at Davis Road and a widening project. Davis Road will soon be four lanes instead of just two.

“It’s gonna increase the access to the shopping center and the Target area immediately,” said Scott Stephens, Georgia DOT Engineer.

DOT Engineer Scott Stephens says the $22 million project should be complete in two years. Right now, crews are working to clear land along I-20 to make room for the exit ramps.

“So it should alleviate a lot of congestion and traffic at the I-20/I-250 interchange,” Stephens said.

And that intersection is getting a major overhaul, too. Starting in a year, there will be new ramps for easier access to Bobby Jones Expressway.

It’s a project that will take three years to complete, long after Bobby Lopez finds a new place to live.

So in the next couple weeks, expect delays on Davis road. The DOT says they won’t have to shut any lanes down, but construction traffic will make things a lot slower.