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GGC gets grant for pedestrian pathways

Georgia Gwinnett College has been awarded a $500,000 Transportation Enhancement Grant by Georgia's Department of Transportation to implement a pedestrian pathways project.

The project will connect the college's Admissions Building and the Valentine Building along Collins Hill Road to Building A, the parking deck, and University Center Lane near the campus' new loop road and varsity athletics complex.

Project design funding is provided by a $125,000 infrastructure project bond fund, much of which will be used for project concept planning, preliminary design, and construction documentation for the project before construction bids are issued in late 2013.

The availability of these funds was a requirement of the grant, and GGC provided them as matching dollars to comply with the TE grant agreement.

The project will consist of footpaths, crosswalks, cart paths, sidewalks, lighting, landscaping and vehicle drop-off locations -- all serving to connect the east and central sectors of the Georgia Gwinnett campus.

"This project will be a major step in the completion of our vision for the campus as a pedestrian friendly community," said Eddie Beauchamp, vice president for facilities and operations.

"This transformation began last summer with the completionof a streetscape project near the Library and Building H. These projects will make traversing the campus much easier forthose on foot."

Design work will begin now, with construction targeted to start in the fall of 2013. The project should be complete in early 2014.

-- From staff reports

Comments

R 1 year, 4 months ago

Good Project perhaps but where did the state get the grant money funds it just handed out?

Time to start asking so we can ALL understand just HOW BIG our GOVERNMENT really is...

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Sandykin 1 year, 4 months ago

This is money well spent. GGC has increased it's student population enormously as it expands it's course offerings, degrees, faculty and staff. It now also offers a more complete college experience with athletics and dorms. All this means a large population that must make their way between buildings, which can be a bit of a hike. They need these pathways. GGC is a great asset to Gwinnett County. It serves not only students from Gwinnett, but from surrounding counties and beyond. This brings money into Gwinnett, so I not going to fuss about this, especially since the starter funds are financed with a bond issue.

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LoganvilleResident 1 year, 4 months ago

I don't think he ever implied that it was not a worthy project. However, it still doesn't change the fact that it is a half of a million dollars. If there were two of these projects in every state this year, that would be fifty million dollars.

Our country does in fact have a spending problem. Until we start to get it under control, every project needs to be reviewed with a fine-tooth comb. Is this a great project? Yes. Is it absolutely necessary given the fact we're running a huge deficit with a national debt of several trillions of dollars? Probably not.

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