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Pedestrian bridge opens across Yellow River in Lilburn

Photos: Andrew McMurtie. Pedestrians walk across the Yellow River Pedestrian Bridge prior to its grand opening ceremony Friday in Lilburn. The Evermore Community Improvement District along with the state and county department of transportation collaborated on the effort to enhance the Gwinnett Greenways at the river greenway. The new bridge is located by the intersection of Lake Lucerne Road and Highway 78 .

Photos: Andrew McMurtie. Pedestrians walk across the Yellow River Pedestrian Bridge prior to its grand opening ceremony Friday in Lilburn. The Evermore Community Improvement District along with the state and county department of transportation collaborated on the effort to enhance the Gwinnett Greenways at the river greenway. The new bridge is located by the intersection of Lake Lucerne Road and Highway 78 .

LILBURN -- Beth Hines, who lives on Lake Lucerne, is glad to see pedestrians have a safe way to cross the Yellow River at U.S. Highway 78.

Community members joined together with officials from the Evermore Community Improvement District on Friday to celebrate the grand opening of the Yellow River pedestrian bridge.

"The things that really help us are improvements that allow us to get out and walk," said Hines, a member of the Lake Lucerne Estates Civic Club. "Traffic is really difficult (here), so anything that provides a safer way to walk is good."

The pedestrian bridge was a project of the Evermore CID, a group of self-taxing property owners who join together to revitalize an area.

Chip Adair, the chairman of the Evermore CID board, said the pedestrian bridge connects the Park Place area with Snellville.

"It's beautification, but it's also a safety issue," he said. "If you want to brave the heat, you can walk from Park Place to Snellville."

Hines said she hopes the bridge leads to further improvements in the area.

Snellville Mayor Jerry Oberholtzer said he sees the bridge as a catalyst for developing a greenway trail along the Yellow River. He said he'd also like to see a bicycle path in that area.

"This part of the county has been missing this kind of amenity," he said.

Gwinnett County Chairwoman Charlotte Nash said the bridge is a great example of government partnerships. She said the state Department of Transportation helped acquire a federal grant for the project, and the CID and the county split the rest of the cost of construction.

"It's a very nice connection of the sidewalks on either side of the river," Nash said, "and I'm glad to see it open."