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Open house to be held for road projects

LAWRENCEVILLE - Three new streets parallel to U.S. Highway 78 would cost more than $5 million to construct and provide safety and access improvements along the heavily traveled corridor.

A public meeting where residents and businesses can weigh in on the projects will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. tonight at Snellville's city hall.

The Georgia Department of Transportation projects - three new streets and a realigned intersection - would be just over 1.5 miles long and cost $5.8 million.

Crystal Paulk-Buchanan, a GDOT spokeswoman, said the projects are loosely related to the work that is constructing a median on Highway 78. The new parallel streets will provide connections for businesses and local travelers, improving access to businesses where there is no break in the median and allowing people to turn at traffic lights.

The projects are a .1-mile realignment of Cambridge Street and McGee Road at the intersection with U.S. Highway 78, the .5-mile extension of Sharp Trail from Rockbridge Road to Davis Road, a .32-mile street from Hewatt Road to Parkwood Road and a .59-mile street from Parkwood Road to Britt Drive.

Brett Harrell, the director of the Evermore Community Improvement District, said the changes would give local travelers more options.

"People can move more freely and safer without having to get on the 78 corridor itself," he said. "When they're all combined, they'll work together. I think we'll see a dramatic impact on safety and mobility."

Paulk-Buchanan said there will be no formal presentation, but maps will be available for people to look at.

SideBar: If you go

What: Georgia Department of Transportation open house

When: 4 to 7 p.m. today

Where: Snellville City Hall, 2342 Oak Road in Snellville