Two road improvement projects aimed at relieving traffic congestion in the area near Atlanta Motor Speedway are currently under way on State Route 20 in Henry County. These two projects are part of an effort by the Georgia DOT to four lane SR-20 from I-75 to US-19/41. DOT Commissioner Tom Coleman has said, "This is a heavily traveled section of road that has seen backups in the past, particularly on the weekends when events are held at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, and it¿s my pleasure to offer relief to this overburdened corridor." The first project was authorized for construction in August of 2002 and work began in September of 2002. This project consists of construction of 4.697 miles of new location roadway on SR-20, beginning west of US-19/41 and extending to a point just west of the Towaliga River, tying into Richard Petty Boulevard, which is an access road to the Atlanta Motor Speedway. The construction will include grading, drainage, base and paving, and intersection improvements. The contractor has until late 2004 to complete this project. The second project currently under construction consists of more than five miles of widening for additional lanes on SR-20 between a point west of the Towaliga River at Richard Petty Boulevard to State Route 81. Construction of this $12.5 million project will consist of widening, realignment of several intersections, grading, drainage, base and paving. This project is just getting underway and is expected to be complete by mid-2005.