LAWRENCEVILLE -- The city of Lawrenceville held an open house Thursday for a road project that will attempt to better connect downtown and Georgia Gwinnett College.
The conceptual plan would create a new road just north of Northdale Road, splitting Collins Hill Road after it crosses Ga. Highway 316. The 40-foot roadway would include a pair of roundabouts -- which would be the first in Lawrenceville -- before meeting back up with N. Clayton Street.
The aim is to clear up congestion and, theoretically, open the door for additional development like restaurants, entertainment venues and student living.
"We are happy to have Georgia Gwinnett College in the city of Lawrenceville, and this plan allows us to have a connectivity between the college and the city," Lawrenceville Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson said Thursday. "That's what we're working for. We're trying to get the people to give us their opinion because we want it to work."
Thursday's open house was the third of four public meetings on the issue before it will be voted on. The fourth public meeting is scheduled to be held sometime in the early fall.
Lawrenceville resident Gail Johnston was all for it. She said she was glad the improvements would come without affecting Northdale Road itself.
"It's kind of nice that they're able to keep one lazy little street, one little bit of history," Johnston said. "It looks like it's got the least impact of property owners and homes that need to be displaced."
As presented Thursday, the project would require the displacement of eight properties, primarily apartment complexes. The roundabouts, which would also provide extensions to Northdale Road, would be aimed at keeping traffic moving, but at a safe speed.
"You don't want a straight thoroughfare because then it becomes a speedway," Johnson said.
For more information on the project, visit lawrencevillega.org.
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