SUWANEE -- Residents on the north side of Peachtree Industrial Boulevard who want to take the family to PlayTown Suwanee will soon have a path.
City officials hope it serves a similar purpose to Town Center Park as others are already setup from the south and east at George Pierce Park and Suwanee Creek Park.
Suwanee's City Council on Tuesday awarded a contract to construct a Brushy Creek Greenway project to add another avenue to Town Center.
"Just like the Suwanee Creek Greenway, this will be a way to escape from the normal frenetic pace of life, to escape to nature," city planning director Josh Campbell said.
The project combines two Tier I items on the city's alternative transportation plan. It will enhance crossings at Peachtree Industrial Boulevard at Suwanee Dam Road by installing pedestrian countdown timers, improve streetlights and add brick pattern crosswalks.
The other portion of the project is Bushy Creek Trail from Suwanee Dam Road to Stonecypher Road and Main Street.
"We're trying to improve access to and from Town Center," Campbell said. "To get people on the other side of Peachtree Industrial (Boulevard) down to Town Center."
Mayor Pro Tem Dan Foster said as a jogger, he expects to use the trail from his home that's off of Peachtree Industrial Boulevard.
"I spend time on treadmills, but my preference is to get out," he said. "It's nice to see other folks."
Foster added the project would provide a nice alternative to roads without sidewalks, like Suwanee Dam Road.
The Brushy Creek Greenway project would include pedestrian crossing improvements at Peachtree Industrial Boulevard and Suwanee Dam Road. A multi-use trail would go from Suwanee Dam Road to Stonecypher Road and Main Street. The city chose to award the contract to Kentucky-based engineering firm QK4 after it received four bids for the $105,000 project. QK4 has an office in Norcross.
Campbell said QK4 was chosen because it seemed to have the most capability of completing both aspects of the project, the trail and the intersection crossings. The next steps in the process are to finalize the contract, begin the GDOT process, create a concept plan and complete environmental work along the trail, Campbell said.