Sugarloaf extension nears with land purchases

LAWRENCEVILLE - The final pieces to begin the extension of Sugarloaf Parkway will soon be in place if commissioners approve two proposed land purchases and three recommended condemnations.

With the moves planned for Tuesday, the county will be even closer to the first turn of dirt for the first section of road from Ga. Highway 20 to New Hope Road.

County officials have already begun advertising for bids from contractors, although Deputy Transportation Director Alan Chapman said the complete bid package will be available in about two weeks.

"We wanted to get the plans in the hands of the contractors so they can review it," Chapman said. "It's a big job and there should be a lot of interest from contractors."

The six-mile first phase of the extension to Ga. Highway 316 - which is expected to cost up to $100 million - could take about five years. But the county has divided it into sections, the first of which could be under construction by the end of the year, Chapman said.

Officials have not secured funding for a proposed future extension to Peachtree Industrial Boulevard.

Chapman said the county has closed on 44 of the 53 parcels needed for the first section, with six more under contract.

"This is a big step for the county," he said.