Proposed parallel street for U.S. Highway 78 re-evaluated

SNELLVILLE - Officials want input on a proposed parallel street to U.S. Highway 78, which is part of a proposed network to provide access and improve safety along the corridor.

A public information open house is scheduled for 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Snellville City Hall for the project, which would link Hewatt Road to Britt Drive.

Designers went back to the drawing board after a public hearing in March, choosing to take away a sidewalk proposed on the residential side of the street, increase buffers to nearby homes and decrease the speed limit, said Brett Harrell, executive director of the Evermore Community Improvement District.

The district is also working on a parallel road from Rockbridge Road to Davis Road, and a private developer has plans that will carry the second street from Britt Road to Walton Court.

Harrell said the streets will not only give local traffic another option than taking the federal highway, but will also give shoppers better access to the local businesses when a median, currently under construction, is complete.

It will also improve safety, cutting down on the need for U-turns, Harrell said.

"The median, we know, is going to reduce head-on accidents, but we know there are people who are going to make U-turns," he said. "You could get on this parallel street at Walton Court ... right on the edge of Snellville, and drive all the way down to Hewatt without ever having to get back on 78."

The project, which has a total budget of $7.3 million including design, right of way and construction, is being funded by federal, state and local governments as well as the CID.

Representatives from the CID and the Georgia and Gwinnett departments of transportation will be available at the meeting.

The public can also provide written comments to Glenn Bowman, PE, State Environmental/Location Engineer, 3993 Aviation Circle, Atlanta, Ga. 30336-1593. The comments must be received by Dec. 15.