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Sugarloaf extension an open road

Staff Photo: Camie Young. Officials opened the first section of an extension to Sugarloaf Parkway on Tuesday

Staff Photo: Camie Young. Officials opened the first section of an extension to Sugarloaf Parkway on Tuesday

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A new two-mile road will benefit Charles Arnold as he gets around, and as officials opened the first section of an extension to Sugarloaf Parkway, they promised the road would mean even more as it stretches to Ga. Highway 316.

"This new road will help some of the congestion in and around Lawrenceville," Chairman Charles Bannister said of the new limited access section, which extends the road from Ga. Highway 20 to New Hope Road.

With two more sections under construction, Bannister said the final product will eventually create a connector from Dacula to Duluth.

Transportation Director Brian Allen said that could shave in half the time it takes for commuters to get from Dacula to southern Lawrenceville.

Arnold, who lives on New Hope Road, said he'll take the new road at least three times a week.

"It'll be closer and faster," he said. "And a four-lane road, I think, is a lot safer."

Commissioner Mike Beaudreau said the public excitement about road, which crosses some of the county's rural community, has been a testament to the engineers and officials who worked on the project.

"The community support for this project has been amazing," he said, pointing to the moving of the historic Isaac-Adair House, which will become a county park, as one of the positives. "To get this project done so quickly, ... to get it built with the amount of cooperation from the neighbors was amazing."