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Gwinnett commissioners get grant from state, sign off on Sugarloaf intersection project

Gwinnett officials accepted nearly $4.5 million in funding from the Georgia Department of Transportation for the Local Maintenance Improvement Grant program Tuesday. Pictured from left to right are Gwinnett Transportation Director Kim Conroy and Chairwoman Charlotte Nash, and the Georgia Department of Transportation’s district engineer Bayne Smith, Deputy Commissioner Todd Long, assistant district engineer Brent Cook and State Transportation Board member Rudy Bowen.

Gwinnett officials accepted nearly $4.5 million in funding from the Georgia Department of Transportation for the Local Maintenance Improvement Grant program Tuesday. Pictured from left to right are Gwinnett Transportation Director Kim Conroy and Chairwoman Charlotte Nash, and the Georgia Department of Transportation’s district engineer Bayne Smith, Deputy Commissioner Todd Long, assistant district engineer Brent Cook and State Transportation Board member Rudy Bowen.

Gwinnett traffic could become a bit smoother, after commissioners accepted some state funding for resurfacing Tuesday and moved forward on turn lane enhancements at a key Lawrenceville-area intersection.

Georgia Department of Transportation officials handed over an oversized check of nearly $4.5 million Tuesday, representing the county’s share in the Local Maintenance Improvements Grant program.

Today the State Transportation Board and the Georgia Department of Transportation presented the people of Gwinnett County with funds to keep Gwinnett moving through the Local Maintenance and Improvements Grant (LMIG) program.

“Improving mobility is the highest priority of the State Transportation Board and it is a particular pleasure to assist Gwinnett County with their roadways,” said Rudy Bowen, the local representative on the State Transportation Board. “Gwinnett is truly a partner with Georgia DOT using their SPLOST program to upgrade transportation on state routes, interstates and local roads. I am proud to be a resident and to assist the county on the State DOT Board.”

County officials plan to use the $4,474,401.56 to upgrade 46.22 miles of 51 local roads, a press release said.

“I am always glad to accept a check and I promise to put it to good use resurfacing over 46 miles of county roads,” Commission Chairwoman Charlotte Nash said.

The state LMIG funding is a portion of the state motor fuel taxes that are distributed to local governments based on population and road mileage. In addition to the county’s allotment, Gwinnett’s 16 cities will receive about $1.2 million in the Fiscal Year 2014 program, officials said.

Also Tuesday, commissioners approved a nearly $1 million contract to improve the intersection of Sugarloaf Parkway and Five Forks Trickum Road.

Contracts with Baldwin Paving Company are set to add dual left turn lanes on Five Forks Trickum Road eastbound and lengthen the left turn lane on Sugarloaf Parkway northbound and the right turn lane on Sugarloaf Parkway southbound. The $978,138.50 contract also includes some sidewalk, curb and gutter and drainage improvements, a press release said.

The project, funded by the county’s 2005 SPLOST program is set to be complete by the end of the year.