As of Saturday, May 11, 2013
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE -- Traffic is running a bit too smoothly through downtown Lawrenceville.
Officials want to slow cars down and make businesses more accessible, by allowing people to drive both directions on a couple of local streets.
People can comment on the plan -- which converts Clayton and Perry streets to two-way roads -- at a public hearing later this month.
"The intention of that is to slow down traffic going through downtown and to make it a little easier for businesses," said Councilman P.K. Martin. "We want to make people feel safer when they are walking around downtown."
According to city staffer Dennis Billew, the work includes some upgrades to intersections and crosswalks, widening a short portion of Jackson Street and adding dual left-turn lanes on from Jackson Street onto Scenic Highway.
Residents can learn details during an open house from 5:30 until 7:30 Thursday, May 30 at Lawrenceville City Hall.
If this preliminary engineering phase goes as planned, officials hope to begin buying right of way for the project later this year. Construction could begin in the second half of next year and take about nine to 12 months.
The $3.8 million cost is being split, with the state paying 80 percent of the cost and the city 20 percent.