McGinnis Ferry: BOC OKs upgrades to road

LAWRENCEVILLE - A northern Gwinnett thoroughfare got two boosts last week, when the Board of Commissioners approved moves on a pair of upgrades to McGinnis Ferry Road.

For the planned extension of the Suwanee road, officials approved a $447,285 supplemental agreement to design a bridge over the interstate to accommodate a future interchange.

While the federal government has not OK'd entrance and exit ramps, with the deal, the bridge over Interstate 85 will be wider and longer, so it won't need to be rebuilt if an interchange is approved in the future.

The agreement with engineering firm PBS&J also includes an upgrade from a culvert to a bridge over a Mill Creek tributary at a cost of $300,000, according to a press release.

The second move involved a plan to widen the McGinnis Ferry Road bridge over the Chattahoochee River.

As Gwinnett's part of a cooperative effort on the project with Forsyth and Fulton counties, the county reached a $1.7 million agreement with Georgia Power to move electricity lines.

Both projects are expected to begin early next year, officials said.

"Once again, we're grateful that (special purpose local option sales tax) money allows us to keep these important transportation improvements moving forward," Chairman Charles Bannister said.