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Berkeley Lake sidewalk meeting set for Monday

BERKELEY LAKE - A well-walked stretch of road in Berkeley Lake may finally be getting a place for pedestrians to put their feet.

Sidewalks are in the works for a span of North Berkeley Lake Road, from Bush Road to Peachtree Industrial Boulevard. At a meeting Monday, residents will have a chance to look at a concept of the project.

Alan Chapman, a deputy director of the Gwinnett Department of Transportation, said the $1.9 million project would run from city hall, at the corner of South Berkeley Lake Road and Bush Road, around the dam, and back up to North Berkeley Lake Road and Peachtree Industrial Boulevard.

"It will be a horseshoe around the lake," he said.

The public meeting, where residents can comment on the plan, will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. at Berkeley Lake Elementary School's cafeteria. After the county receives comments, the design process will begin.

Construction should start in early 2009 and the project should be finished in 2010, Chapman said. The sidewalk will only be constructed on the lake side of the road.

Chapman said the Berkeley Lake project is more complicated than other sidewalks because it is a hilly area and workers will need to cross the dam.

Berkeley Lake Mayor Lois Salter said the sidewalks are necessary for the area because a lot of people are already walking on the road.

"There's hilly and curvy terrain," she said. "People walk a lot in our area, and it's very dangerous without it."

SideBar: If You Go

What: Berkeley Lake sidewalk meeting

When: 5 to 7 p.m. Monday

Where: Berkeley Lake Elementary School cafeteria, 4300 S. Berkeley Lake Road in Duluth

For more information: Call 770-822-7400