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City of Lawrenceville, county partner to rebuild park road

Staff Photo: Jason Braverman. Gwinnett County and the city of Lawrenceville will split the cost to rebuild Henson Street, which will lead into a remodeled Rhodes Jordan Park. The construction will widen the road and add curbs and gutters.

Staff Photo: Jason Braverman. Gwinnett County and the city of Lawrenceville will split the cost to rebuild Henson Street, which will lead into a remodeled Rhodes Jordan Park. The construction will widen the road and add curbs and gutters.

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett County and the city of Lawrenceville have partnered together to rebuild a road that will lead into a renovated Rhodes Jordan Park.

The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners approved an intergovernmental agreement earlier this week for the county and the city to split the cost for rebuilding Henson Street.

Phil Hoskins, the county's director of community services, said Henson Street is a city road that runs through the park. He said the agreement is a mutually beneficial way to make some small improvements to the road.

The rebuilding will realign the intersection near the entrance of the park, widen the street, and install curbs and gutters, Hoskins said.

"It will improve safety of the street coming into the park," he said.

Renovations to the park are under way and will be completed later this year.

Commissioner John Heard said the Lawrenceville park is owned by the city but leased to the county, which operates the park. Because of that arrangement, he said he thinks it's good that the city and county have partnered together for the project.

"It's always good to see the city and county working together," he said.

Lawrenceville Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson, the daughter of the former mayor for whom the park is named, thanked the commissioners for approving the intergovernmental agreement.

The county will pay $46,000 with special purpose local option sales tax funds for the construction. The city will also pay that amount and find a contractor for the construction.