Motorists on Hames Road will soon see improvements taking shape along the road, while plans to widen Ga. Highway 20 have moved one step closer to becoming a reality.

At the most recent meeting of the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners, the board approved a supplemental design services agreement with the engineering firm Atwell, LLC regarding the project, with the agreement not to exceed $23,000.

Along with the approval, the board passed a motion to donate a small portion of land near Ga. Highway 20 at Ga. Highway 372, part of the Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services Fire Station No. 4 parcel, to the Georgia Department of Transportation in preparation for the future widening of Highway 20.

“Hames Road is planned to be improved with the installation of curb and gutter, storm drainage and sidewalks between State Route 92 and Jamerson Road,” Community Development Agency Director Geoffrey Morton said.

Morton added that the supplemental design services agreement the board approved during the meeting covers the engineering design phase of the project, and that the current estimate for completion of the engineering phase is six months.

It was noted during the board of commissioners meeting that the land being donated to GDOT had been appraised and was calculated to be worth $3,600. However, Morton said the county instead chose to donate the parcel to GDOT for the widening project like other city and county governments have done before.

“The donation is being made since the Georgia DOT assists the county on funding for other roadway projects,” Morton said. “Municipalities will typically donate right-of-way to assist GDOT or other municipalities with roadway projects.”

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