Gwinnett County’s website contained a warning for drivers in the Gwinnett Place and Snellville areas this past week: Road construction is coming.

The warning that came from transportation officials this past week was that construction on roundabouts and other related improvements will soon begin at two intersections.

One is a $2 million project at the intersection of Venture and Day drives, near Gwinnett Place Mall, the Mall Corners shopping center and Santa Fe Mall. The other is $1.4 million project at the intersection of Pharrs Road and Ridgedale Drive, near the busy Scenic Highway corridor.

“Roundabouts are becoming a popular alternative to four-way stops because they can keep traffic moving and are safer,” county officials said in the announcement on www.gwinnettcounty.com. “Roundabout accidents tend to occur at an angle instead of T-bone collisions, and the island in the center of the roundabout provides a safe haven for pedestrians trying to cross the street.”

County officials have not specified exactly when construction on either roundabout will begin, other than to say it is expected to happen “in the near future.”

Funding for the Pharrs Road and Ridgedale Drive project is being split between the city of Snellville and the 2014 and 2017 special purpose local option sales tax programs. In addition to the new roundabout, it will also include construction of right turn lanes in both directions on Ridgedale Drive at North Road.

Meanwhile, funding for the new roundabout at Venture and Day drives will be split between the Gwinnett Place Community Improvement District and 2017 SPLOST program. In addition to the new roundabout, the construction project will also include the installation of a second through lane on Venture Drive. The southbound left-turn lane that is located at the intersection of Venture Drive and Steve Reynolds Boulevard will also be lengthened as part of the project.

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