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Sugarloaf stretch reaches Ga. 316

Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Two motorist take the recently opened exit ramp off Ga. Highway 316 eastbound, granting access to Sugarloaf Parkway south, in Dacula on Monday.

Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Two motorist take the recently opened exit ramp off Ga. Highway 316 eastbound, granting access to Sugarloaf Parkway south, in Dacula on Monday.

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Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan A motorist takes the recently opened exit ramp off Ga. Highway 316 eastbound, granting access to Sugarloaf Parkway south, in Dacula on Monday.

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Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Motorists approach the recently opened exit ramp off Ga. Highway 316 eastbound, granting access to Sugarloaf Parkway south, in Dacula on Monday.

DACULA -- The key connection in a five-year-long project to extend Sugarloaf Parkway has finally been reached.

Officials opened half of the parkway's new interchange with Ga. Highway 316 on Monday, allowing traffic in Dacula to travel to the other side of Lawrenceville without crossing through the center of town.

"It's been a lot of work by a lot of people," Deputy Transportation Director Alan Chapman said of the four projects totalling $78 million to complete the six-mile limited access route east. "I think it really opens up access for the eastern part of the county."

Construction continues on two bridges and ramps that will complete the interchange, but as of Monday, drivers taking Ga. 316 east could travel onto Sugarloaf Parkway south, and those driving north on Sugarloaf could enter Ga. 316 eastbound.

Chapman said the work is on schedule to complete the work by the end of the year.

"The sections that have opened have gotten a lot of use," Chapman said, adding that traffic is expected to pick up once the connection to Ga. 316 is complete.

"It's kind of the final piece to this phase," he aid. "We do expect the traffic to go up significantly."

Later this month, voters will consider a regional sales tax referendum, which could fund a planned extension of the parkway north to Sugar Hill, creating a loop around Lawrenceville.

Comments

dan 1 year, 9 months ago

I don't think it was necessary to clear out as many trees as they did.

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Sandykin 1 year, 9 months ago

Agreed. But I do enjoy the quick access to both GA 20 and GA 316.

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R 1 year, 9 months ago

Interesting,

“Quick Access” is NOT usually found linked with either GA 20 or 316…

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Sandykin 1 year, 9 months ago

It actually refers to how quickly I can get to them now and not necessarily how quickly I can travel on them.

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wichitalineman 1 year, 9 months ago

Hey DOT dumdums, now there are 2 Sugarloaf interchanges on 316. This will cause problems for those not familiar with the area. Need a new name for the new part!!

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