As of Friday, May 4, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
DULUTH -- Gwinnett and Duluth officials have reached an agreement to build the final leg of the Western Gwinnett Bikeway.
The city and county will split costs on the final 2.6 miles of the multi-purpose trail, which runs along Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, with each paying $325,000 to cover construction, inspection, materials, testing and local matching funds. The remainder of the $1.3 million construction cost will come from federal funds, a press release said, and Gwinnett's portion comes from sales tax proceeds.
"This bikeway will provide pedestrian and bicycle access to several neighborhoods, parks and shopping areas. Eventually the trail will connect the cities of Norcross, Berkeley Lake and Duluth, creating more recreational opportunities for residents as well as partnerships between municipalities," Commissioner Shirley Lasseter said in a press release praising the agreement.
The bikeway has been built in sections, with the final remaining leg scheduled to link cyclists and pedestrians to Rogers Bridge Park. Officials hope to eventually extend it across the historic but dilapidated Rogers Bridge into Fulton County, if government leaders in neighboring jurisdictions agree.
The final portion calls for several multi-use sections to be upgraded to match the 10-foot wide asphalt trail, and retaining walls are needed in some locations, the press release said.