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Lilburn Main Street construction to begin

This rendering shows the new alignment set for Main Street in Lilburn. Construction will soon begin, after officials approved a $3.5 million contract.

This rendering shows the new alignment set for Main Street in Lilburn. Construction will soon begin, after officials approved a $3.5 million contract.

Lilburn’s Main Street make-over will begin soon.

Last month, officials approved a $3.5 million contract with E.R. Snell Contractor to change the alignment of the city thoroughfare, and work is expected to begin this month on moving water and sewer lines to make way for the project.

“The Main Street re-alignment project is the first of several new re-development projects for Lilburn. It has been our vision to create a thriving downtown that will be a centerpiece for attracting economic development for the entire city,” Mayor Johnny Crist said. “This new inviting gateway will open up retail development along Highway 29 while guiding traffic through two roundabouts to the center of Old Town.”

While the city provided engineering, environmental permitting and land acquisition, the county is footing the bill for the construction, which relocates the road to replace current skewed intersections. The new Main Street will include an improvement intersection with Church Street, complete with turn lanes and traffic circles to allow for better access to a proposed new city hall and library.

“The traffic circles will provide traffic calming for the area, while lowering Church Street will improve visibility for drivers,” said John Ray, Gwinnett transportation’s division director for pre-construction and program delivery.

Crist said the new city hall project is still 18 months from construction. This year, officials will work to complete an intergovernmental agreement, as the building will include the county library branch.

For now, leaders hope the road project improves the safety for local drivers.

“This project will help align main street, making the turn safer into the city,” Commissioner Lynette Howard said. “The city and the county are pooling resources to again to make a good project better.”