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Northbrook extension to create road parallel to interstate in Suwanee

SUWANEE -- The final Suwanee road extension funded by stimulus dollars will open next week.

Crews had hoped to open a new portion of Northbrook Parkway Wednesday, but the opening was delayed until Monday, if the weather cooperates with installation of raised pavement markers.

Part of the $20.4 million McGinnis Ferry Road extension, the new Northbrook section takes the road from its end at the Gwinnett County Board of Education offices over a bridge crossing Mill Creek to Old Peachtree Road.

"Opening this project completes a four-lane parallel route on the east side of Interstate 85 from Old Peachtree Road on the north end to SR 378/Beaver Ruin Road on the south end," said Georgia Department of Transportation district construction engineer Randall Davis. "You may know Northbrook Parkway by one of its other names; North Brown Road, Breckinridge Boulevard or Shackelford Road. The completion of this route will enhance connectivity in Gwinnett and provides an alternate route on the east side of the interstate when needed. It is a marvelous collaboration with Gwinnett County. We are proud to finish this project slightly ahead of schedule for you."

Once the Northbrook section opens, only punchlist items remain on the McGinnis project, officials said.