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CID awarded $500,000 in grants

NORCROSS -- City and state funds will bring some connectivity to the Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District.

The CID was awarded $300,000 in transportation enhancement grants from the Georgia Department of Transportation, and another $200,000 from the city of Norcross. With half a million dollars, the CID plans to extend sidewalks along Buford Highway, from Amwiler Road to Jimmy Carter Boulevard.

"We are excited to have been chosen to receive this grant and to be moving forward with a project that is sorely needed along Buford Highway," said Chuck Warbington, executive director for Gwinnett Village CID. "We've always emphasized the need for choices in our transportation network and this project will offer that for many of the pedestrians that traverse Buford Highway on a daily basis."

Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson said the effort will help plug some gaps in the city's sidewalk network.

"The city already has a good sidewalk system, but there are still gaps here and there," Johnson said. "Our vision is to make it possible for someone to walk easily and safely all the way from Jimmy Carter Boulevard over to Langford Parkway and never get off a sidewalk. In addition, we want to make walking through our community a pleasurable experience, so we plan to create beautiful and functional routes."