The Gwinnett Place Community Improvement District is preparing for multiple transportation and infrastructure projects that are slated to begin around the district this summer.
These projects range from new sidewalks and turn lanes in various spots to construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Venture Drive and Day Drive and improvements to one interstate on-ramp. The CID also isn’t ruling out the possibility that some of these project could cause daytime lane closures.
But mainly officials are excited about what the projects will do for the Gwinnett Place area.
“After many studies and plans, the GPCID staff and board of directors are excited to see the various infrastructure improvements underway throughout greater Gwinnett Place,” Gwinnett Place CID Executive Director Joe Allen said. “The Venture Drive/Day Drive roundabout project is especially important because it will be the first roundabout in the Gwinnett Place area and will help improve mobility and reduce collisions.”
State and county transportation officials will be overseeing projects in the area, with the funding expected to be split among the CID, Gwinnett County’s special purpose local option sales tax funds and grant funding from the State Road and Tollway Authority.
Any lane closures which do occur because of any of the projects will be limited to 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., officials said.
“We are dedicated to improving vehicular and pedestrian mobility in Gwinnett’s central business district at Gwinnett Place, and the projects underway are very important to this effort,” Gwinnett County Commissioner Jace Brooks said.
“This partnership with GPCID and the State of Georgia is a model for moving projects forward, and we are excited to see the outcome.”
Two projects that are expected to wrap up soon are the sidewalk and streetscape project on Pleasant Hill Road from Old Norcross Road to Club Drive, as well as new sidewalks on Steve Reynolds Boulevard and Old Norcross. The work is scheduled to be finished around mid-June.
A series of other projects are set to begin in the coming months.
Construction of the Venture Drive and Day Drive roundabout is slated to begin later this month and continue until February. It will include the roundabout’s construction as well as sidewalk, curb and gutter and drainage improvements.
Improvements at the intersection of Venture Drive and Steve Reynolds Boulevard are also expected to begin later this month and end next February. This project will include construction of a second eastbound through lane and an extension of the southbound left turn lane as well as sidewalks, curb and gutter and drainage improvements.
Both projects on Venture Drive will be funded by the CID, the county’s 2009 and 2019 special purpose local option sales tax programs and the State Road and Tollway Authority’s Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank.
The big project coming up is the extension of the two lanes on the northbound on-ramp at Interstate 85 and Pleasant Hill Road, which will begin in July.
The Georgia Department of Transportation plans to push the point where the two lanes merge further down the ramp by using existing shoulder space, according to the CID. The goal is to reduce the number of backups on the ramp that spill over into the intersection.
The CID said lane closures and other construction work that affects traffic will be allowed between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. No more than one lane will be allowed to close at any given time either.
No end date was provided for the end of the ramp lane extension project.