Gary Pirkle knows that the next few years will be tough for Sugar Hill residents.
But after waiting a decade for construction to begin on the biggest bottleneck around, the mayor said residents are excited to learn that work will begin on widening Ga. Highway 20 in northern Gwinnett.
Commissioners approved Tuesday a $31.8 million contract with C.W. Matthews Contracting Company for the job, which widens the highway to four lanes from Peachtree Industrial Boulevard to Burnette Trail.
Along with a recently approved state contract that continues the widening across the Chattahoochee River and into Forsyth County, the project will bring to fruition a dream of expanding the highway to at least four lanes throughout Gwinnett.