Suwanee gets ARC money for bike, pedestrian project

SUWANEE -- The Atlanta Regional Commission recently awarded $34 million to metro communities building innovative transportation products, including a $3.3 million contribution to the city of Suwanee.

The ARC announced this week the contributions through its award-winning Livable Centers Initiative, which distributes grants aimed at making areas "more walkable, livable and, in some cases, more supportive of transit." A total of 13 local governments were given grants.

In Suwanee, $3.3 million will be used toward Buford Highway bike and pedestrian facilities and intersection improvements.

The LCI program is funded with federal transportation dollars. Once communities have completed their plans, they are eligible for the funds to build the transportation projects required for completion. Matching local funds are required.

"LCI has helped communities across metro Atlanta re-tool and redesign over the years, creating more places that attract residents and businesses alike," ARC executive director Doug Hooker said. "This program is a model for others around the country and has helped to create or finalize many of our region's most innovative an livable communities."