Officials from the city of Lilburn, Gwinnett County, the state and a local community improvement district broke ground Wednesday on a project to realign Main Street.
LILBURN — A new route for Main Street could bring not only improved safety for Lilburn residents but generate new economic interest, officials said as they broke ground on the realignment project Wednesday.
“It all began with a sketch on a napkin,” Mayor Johnny Crist said, adding that the proposal, which realigns Main Street with U.S. Highway 29 and creates a more vibrant entrance for the city center, could create an “economic ideal.”
Crist, a minister, said a prayer of blessing on the project, which will lead into a new City Hall and library to be built next year on a hill overlooking the highway.
“Let’s start something that will change the face of our city for quite some time,” he said before breaking ground.
The $3.5 million road project includes two round-abouts, leading to the historic business area and city park. Gwinnett County officials have pitched in on the project, as has a local community improvement district, and an $800,000 State Road and Tollway Authority grant will join in with the city funding.
“From the view of commercial property owners, the Main Street realignment project is one of the most important advancements in our city in many years,” said Ed O’Connor, the chairman of the Lilburn Community Improvement District. “Our new gateway brings with it great potential for success here in Lilburn. It means the prospect of revitalizing, growth and exciting investment, and we appreciate the city setting itself apart, helping to shape a bright future for tomorrow.”
Construction of the new road is expected to take about six months, with the $10 million city hall project to follow next year.
Lilburn's Main Street
Officials break ground on Lilburn's Main Street realignment project.