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GGC's second entrance approved

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A $2.2-million road will give a second entrance to Georgia Gwinnett College.

An extension of Collins Industrial Way, approved by commissioners Tuesday, will connect the college to Walther Boulevard, linking it to Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road.

"The road also will give our students, faculty and staff better access to the business and restaurants in Lawrenceville -- which benefits all of us -- and it will help to relieve traffic once the (Ga.) Highway 316 improvement project begins," said Eddie Beauchamp, vice president for business and finance at Georgia Gwinnett College. "Our student housing opens next August, and this connector will be invaluable to the campus as we continue to expand."

The road project, being built by Strickland and Sons Pipeline, is expected to be complete in the fall and is funded through sales tax dollars, officials said.

Also Tuesday, officials approved the third section of Sugarloaf Parkway's extension. The $15.5 million contract with E.R. Snell Contractor will complete the road to Campbell Road, leaving only the interchange with Ga. 316 left to conclude the six-mile extension.

Officials are expected to open the first phase of the extension early next year.

A third improvement project approved Tuesday will add sidewalks and turn lanes to the intersection at Peachtree Industrial Boulevard and Ga. Highway 120 in Duluth.

The $2.2 million project will "ease congestion and improve safety," Deputy Transportation Director Alan Chapman said.

Baldwin Paving Company is expected to complete the project by the end of the year.