Grants awarded to help CIDS with transportation projects

LAWRENCEVILLE -- All four Gwinnett community improvement districts are getting some help from the state, with a total of $3 million in grants from the State Road and Tollway Authority's 2012 Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank.

Gov. Nathan Deal, who chairs the SRTA board, announced the grants Thursday.

"The GTIB program is a way for communities who are serious about investing in their infrastructure to apply for the help they need to complete or move their projects forward," Deal said. "These projects are the kind of investments that not only sustain communities, but they also strengthen communities by providing more job opportunities."

The Gwinnett Place and Gwinnett Village CIDs each received a $1 million grant to help fund construction of the diverging-diamond interchange projects, which will move traffic to the left side of the road.

Gwinnett officials approved the construction contract to begin work on Pleasant Hill Road last week, while the work on Jimmy Carter Boulevard is expected to begin in the fall.

The Lilburn CID received an $800,000 grant to help with the construction of the Main Street relocation and realignment project, which aims to increase access to the new Lilburn Municipal Complex. The project, expected to begin in the winter, includes two roundabouts, a median and a realignment of Main Street's intersection with U.S. Highway 29. Pedestrian enhancements with pole lights and a multi-use path are also included, as well as some improvements on adjoining roads.

Finally, the Evermore CID was awarded a $200,000 grant and a $300,000 loan for its intersection realignment project at Old U.S. Highway 78 and Walton Court. The work is part of a parallel road system the CID is working on to improve traffic and safety along the U.S. 78 corridor.

"SRTA is committed to helping communities invest in mobility solutions that enhance quality of life and provide greater access for all Georgia citizens," SRTA Executive Director Dr. Gena Evans said of the grants.