Transportation projects receive funding

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Pedestrian pathways at Georgia Gwinnett College highlight a list of transportation enhancement program projects awarded funding Thursday.

In addition to the $500,000 awarded to the Lawrenceville college, another nearly $4 million was set aside for 12 projects in the Seventh Congressional District.

In Gwinnett, the projects include a Buford Highway median landscaping in Duluth, a multi-use trail along Suwanee Dam Road and phase one of the Brushy Creek Greenway in Suwanee and pedestrian connectivity in the city of Norcross. The Southeastern Railway Museum is getting a boost, along with projects set for sidewalks along Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, and transit and pedestrian facilities on Satellite Boulevard and Buford Highway.

In Barrow county, money has been given for a beautification of Railroad Street in Statham, a downtown streetscape project in Winder and a downtown gateway for the city of Auburn.

"Enhancement projects are unique opportunities to change a community. These projects are wonderful examples of state and federal government funding the wants of a local community. I am proud to be a part of this process," said Rudy Bowen, a Gwinnett man who heads the State Transportation Board.