New Sugarloaf Parkway segment opens to traffic

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Drivers can almost get to Ga. Highway 316, after a third in a four-part extension to Sugarloaf Parkway opened to traffic.

The latest 1.4-mile section takes the parkway from Martins Chapel Road to West Campbell Road and opened Thursday, ahead of schedule.

At a glance

Sugarloaf Parkway extension facts

• Construction contract awarded Dec. 15, 2009

• Opened to traffic Aug. 18, 2011

• $15.5 million contract performed by E.R. Snell

• 37,000 tons of asphalt

• 63,000 tons of rock base

• 4,300 feet of storm drain pipe

• 16,125 feet of guardrail

• 600,000 yards of embankment

• 12,000 feet of fence

• Two 918-linear-foot bridge decks over the Alcovy River

• 8,500 linear feet of fiber optic cable for traffic monitoring

The $15.5 million construction project included a new Bramlett Shoals Connector, a realignment of Campbell Road and two bridges over the Alcovy River.

"This is part of our ongoing commitment to complete the road to Peachtee Industrial in Sugar Hill," Transportation Director Brian Allen said of the work, which is continuing on to complete the path to Ga. Highway 316.

Beginning construction in late 2007, officials have used sales tax proceeds to continue Sugarloaf from its former terminus at Ga. Highway 20 south of Lawrenceville toward Dacula. The final link to Ga. 316 is currently under way and scheduled for completion next year.

But officials aren't done. They hope to continue the extension through Dacula and north to Sugar Hill, creating a loop around Lawrenceville. Funding for the job is currently being considered for a regional sales tax, which will be before voters next year.