County OKs $1.4M for Ga. 316 pipes

Photo by Brian Giandelone

Photo by Brian Giandelone

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Clearing one of the biggest traffic headaches in Gwinnett won't just be about building a road. Crews will have to move the water and sewer pipes in the way.

Just as state officials prepare to receive bids to create overpasses along Ga. Highway 316 at Collins Hill Road and at Ga. Highway 20, commissioners Tuesday approved $1.4 million in funding for the pipes.

The Ga. 316 project, which will take away traffic lights on the busy Athens connector, is expected to take as much as $50 million to build. With bids due this month, construction could begin this fall.

"We are obviously excited," Chairwoman Charlotte Nash said of the reconstruction moving forward.

For Gwinnett's part, the utility work will include the relocation of 7,700 feet of water mains and 3,220 feet of sewer mains. The state's contractor, which could be chosen by the end of the month, will do the work, although the county will foot the bill.