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Input sought on Beaver Ruin trail

In 2015 officials plan to build a 10 foot wide multi-use path that will start at Summerour Middle School run along Beaver Ruin Road and then end at Indian Trail Road. Laura Garcia and Walter Mateo, 4, walk along Beaver Ruin Road in Norcross Wednesday. (Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan)

In 2015 officials plan to build a 10 foot wide multi-use path that will start at Summerour Middle School run along Beaver Ruin Road and then end at Indian Trail Road. Laura Garcia and Walter Mateo, 4, walk along Beaver Ruin Road in Norcross Wednesday. (Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan)

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Motorists and pedestrians travel by the intersection of Beaver Ruin Road and Price Place in Norcross Wednesday. Officials plan to build a 10 foot wide multi-use trail for people to travel on safely. (Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan)

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This map shows one of two proposed alignments for the multi-use trail which will start at Summerour Middle School in Norcross and run along Beaver Ruin Road and then end at Indian Trail Road.

With a plan to connect to western Gwinnett cities, residents can sound off Thursday on a proposal for a multi-use trail along Beaver Ruin Road.

The idea was born out of a citizens committee concerned about creating safer routes to school near Summerour Middle School, where more than half of students walk or bike along Beaver Ruin to reach the school, said Chuck Warbington, the director of the Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District.

Residents will be able to see the first concepts for the plan during Thursday’s meeting, scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. at the Mitchell Road school.

The project, which is expected to cost about $2 million, includes the first phase of a multi-use trail, which will eventually connect Norcross and Lilburn’s city limits through the CID. Improvements are also planned to the existing crossing at Price Place and Beaver Ruin, installation of crossing islands and a pedestrian hybrid signal, all of which will be accessible to those with disabilities.

“The CID is excited to work with local citizens and businesses in the area to provide a safer and more connected path for the community,” Warbington said. “This project is phase one of a ultimate plan to connect the vibrant downtowns of the city of Norcross and Lilburn through a multi-use path along Beaver Ruin Road and Indian Trail.”

The majority of the funding for the project comes from a federal grant, with both cities and the CID pitching in to make up the total $2 million. Construction is expected to begin in 2015.