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Project on Lilburn road expected to ease commute

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LILBURN -- Officials say one road project could mean a lot to improve both the safety and aesthetics of one of Gwinnett's major thoroughfares.

The nearly $1.5 million project is expected to increase Indian Trail-Lilburn Road's traffic grade from an F to a C, on top of all the other improvements, said Chuck Warbington, director of the Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District.

"We're fixing safety issues and traffic issues, while (addressing) aesthetics," he said. "That's a significant change."

The CID, a group of business owners in the area who have banded together to tax themselves, is leading the project, with approval from county and state transportation officials.

With construction slated to begin this summer, engineers have created a plan to add a median along Indian Trail-Lilburn Road between Beaver Ruin Road and Oakbrook Parkway.

With breaks at certain locations, Warbington said the median should help people who try to cross three lanes of traffic to turn left.

Crews will also restripe the bridge at Interstate 85, allowing a second lane to turn onto I-85 north.

With plans for a complete network of sidewalks, connecting people from Beaver Ruin Road to Greater Atlanta Christian School, Warbington said the project will also include trees and shrubs, similar to projects to beautify the interstate nearby.

During a hearing last week, about 40 people expressed their excitement about the project, Warbington said.