District to install sidewalk

Photo by Tori Boone

Photo by Tori Boone

NORCROSS -- The Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District will soon extend a sidewalk along a heavily traveled thoroughfare.

The project, which was approved earlier this week by the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners, will install a sidewalk along Buford Highway from Amwiler Road to Jimmy Carter Boulevard, said Chuck Warbington, executive director of the Gwinnett Village CID. The sidewalk extension will give pedestrians access to bus stops for two of the most heavily populated routes in Gwinnett County.

"We're ready for the project to start," Warbington said. "It will complete connectivity along the most heavily traveled pedestrian corridors we have in Gwinnett."

The sidewalk installation is the second phase of a larger streetscaping project along Buford Highway in the CID, Warbington said. The first phase put in a sidewalk and landscaped the area along Buford Highway from the DeKalb County line to Amwiler Road.

Because the sidewalk will run next to the railroad tracks, not much landscaping can be done, because the project can't interfere with trains' line of sight, Warbington said. The CID will lay sod and maintain the area by keeping the grass cut.

"It will be a big improvement in that area," he said.

Gwinnett County Commissioner Lynette Howard, whose district includes that area of Buford Highway, said a dirt path has been worn next to the road where people walk. She said she's glad a sidewalk will be going in.

"I'm all for sidewalks," Howard said. "I think they create a sense of community, and I'm for anything that can help pedestrians get to where they need to go. ... It keeps the whole area safe and improves the whole area."

Warbington said the project will cost about $750,000. It will be paid for by the CID.

Community improvement districts are self-taxing groups of private property and business owners who join together to revitalize areas. The Gwinnett Village CID includes a 14-square-mile area bordered by Jimmy Carter Boulevard, Buford Highway and Beaver Ruin Road.