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Suwanee Creek Greenway project nearly complete

Construction continues on phase 2 of the Suwanee Creek Greenway rehabilitation project. City officials expect the trail to be re-opened in September.

Construction continues on phase 2 of the Suwanee Creek Greenway rehabilitation project. City officials expect the trail to be re-opened in September.

SUWANEE -- An end date is almost here for the Suwanee Creek Greenway rehabilitation project.

Mike Maddox, capital projects manager for the city, said workers would move forward to finish phase 2 of the project, except for the section near a bridge where the city is waiting on approval from the Environmental Protection Division on a type of concrete to be used.

"They're pretty much done with everything aside from pouring rock and laying concrete," Maddox said. "Realistically, they have about three weeks left, assuming no rain."

Maddox said the trail would open in September, except for the section near the bridge.

The project has continued while a decision from the EPD has been expected for about a month.

Because the area under a bridge is within the state buffer zone near the water over which EPD has jurisdiction, Maddox said the project needs to have approval of the EPD.

It connects phase 1 and phase 2 of the project, and expands a portion of the sidewalk from five feet to eight feet.

In April, the first phase of the project was completed, between Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road and Martin Farm Road. The second section of the project, between Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road and Suwanee Elementary, was originally expected to be finished in June or July, but rain has delayed concrete work several times.

The project, which began in November, costs about $1.2 million and is funded through SPLOST and open space bond funds. When it's reopened to residents, the concrete is expected to not look as deteriorated as the asphalt, and the boardwalks would look more like what residents are used to south of Martin Farm Road, Maddox said.