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Ronald Reagan study extended for a year

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A study on whether to extend Ronald Reagan Parkway as a public-private partnership could take another year to complete.

On Tuesday, commissioners approved another extension to the study, which began in the spring of 2009.

"It became obvious early on where and how it would tie into (Interstate) 85 was a key component," Transportation Director Kim Conroy said of the study, which could extend the parkway from its current end at Pleasant Hill Road to the interstate.

Last year, the Georgia Department of Transportation agreed to add on $750,000 to the county's contract with Skanska to fully vet a series of options for the congested interstate, including reversible lanes.

"Hopefully at the end of that period we'll understand a lot more," Conroy said of the year-long study extension.

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LilburnLady 2 years ago

The original study proposed extending Ronald Reagan Parkway as a toll road to I-85 through a flood zone area which would require most of the road to be elevated. Once the road exited the flood zone, it would remain elevated and cut through the area around Club Drive and Steve Reynolds Blvd. where it would connect to I-85. The original connection was denied by the Federal DOT because a new interchange would only serve to increase congestion on I-85.

Now, that the HOT Lanes are in existence, the proposal is to connect the Ronald Reagan toll road to the HOT Lanes. However, again, this would cause a backup in the HOT Lanes. Soooooo, option number three, is to convert the HOT Lane into two reversible lanes, going south in the mornings and north in the evenings. All of this preparation and construction of course, will be paid for by taxpayers so that SKANSKA, the foreign company doing the "Feasibility Study" can build a toll road which the taxpayers will help pay for and which they will operate as a "For Profit" operation. How many more millions of dollars will we pay in order to make sure that SKANSKA can make money off of commuters?

The study alone, is costing taxpayers millions of dollars and the current estimated cost of the three miles of road construction is at $330 million dollars. That's $100 million dollars per mile. This "study" and "public/private partnership" are fast becoming a boondoggle with no input or feedback from the public.

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SnellvilleEE 2 years ago

Let me point out Mike Beaudeau pushed through authorization for the "study" WITHOUT prior taxpayer input. Mike introduced the "study" at the Commissioner meeting and was voted on WITHOUT allowing taxpayers to make statements. Three Commissioners voted this turkey into existence. I was at the meeting. BTW, Mike lives in Grayson and will directly benefit from any "extension".

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SnellvilleEE 2 years ago

Let me add, if Gwinnett County decides NOT to go with Skanska building the extension, the county must repay Skanska for it's "study". Extending the study will push out the decision beyond the next election date. Is this a case of kicking the can down the road?

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