BOC to consider projects to widen McGinnis Ferry

LAWRENCEVILLE - Commissioners on Tuesday will consider a key step to extend and widen McGinnis Ferry Road, a major connector in northern Gwinnett.

If the board gives the nod, county staffers will begin work to acquire land for the two long-awaited McGinnis Ferry projects.

In the extension, crews will route the road south from its current end at Satellite Boulevard, across Interstate 85 to Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road, providing a reliever for the crowded Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road interchange.

With the move Tuesday, officials will promise to use about $17 million in county funds to buy the land, with $30 million in state and federal funds going to the construction, according to past reports.

The county will also consider contributing a share for the reconstruction of the McGinnis Ferry bridge over the Chattahoochee River. The bridge would be built to match four-lane stretches in Gwinnett as well as Fulton and Forsyth counties, who are also sharing in the right-of-way costs.

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What: Board of Commissioners meeting

When: 10 a.m. work session, 2 p.m. business session Tuesday

Where: Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville