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Stimulus Money Bringing Progress and Frustration to Buford Dam Road

FORSYTH CO., Ga. -- It's going to be a frustrating fall for many when a 3-mile section of Buford Dam Road is closed for a stimulus funded repaving project.

For five weeks beginning October 4, The Army Corps of Engineers will close their section of Buford Dam Road that crosses Lake Lanier. $1.2-million in federal stimulus funds will pay for a fresh coat of asphalt.

It is one of three road projects along the busy road that will overlap between now and the end of fall. There are estimates than 10,000 people use Buford Dam Road each day.

"I don't like the inconvenience," said Herb Stuhler, whose home is just west of where the section of Buford Dam Road will close.

Come October, Stuhler won't be able to turn right out of his subdivision to head toward Gwinnett County to visit family. He'll have to take a winding route to Highway 20.

Gwinnett Football Team Chills Out

GWINNETT COUNTY, GA -- It was 89 degrees and they had been beating each other up since school let out.  The 100 plus football players at Mill Creek High School in Gwinnett County were hot and tired.   When you're that worn out, just a little relief goes a long way.  That's why 11Alive brought them a Random Act of Kindness. 

Georgia DOT announces I-85 express lane construction information session

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA. – The Georgia Department of Transportation will hold a construction information session on the I-85 Express Lane Project on Sept. 1 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Gwinnett Civic Center. The project to convert 16 miles of HOV lanes to HOT lanes will offer more choices to all motorists, including single occupant vehicles and more reliable trip times in the corridor.

"This is the first project of its kind in Georgia," said DOT Commissioner Vance C. Smith, Jr. "With construction expected to begin in mid-September, it is extremely important that motorists understand how changes along the interstate will impact their commutes."

The Georgia Force Returns, Starting in 2011

DULUTH, GA - The Georgia Force is back among the living, and it's landing in Gwinnett County.

The Arena Football Team folded with the remainder of the indoor football league in 2008, after large debts forced the league to suspend operations. In late 2009, a replacement league formed from the ashes of the old league, and began playing football once again in 2010 - but the 15-team league began without the Force.

After the 2010 season, five more teams, including the Georgia Force, opted for joining the new AFL.

The new Force will play its games at the Arena at Gwinnett Center beginning in 2011. Season tickets are available at the Gwinnett Center box office with prices ranging from $59 to as much as $1,350. Single game tickets are available for as little as $10. For more information and to order tickets, call 770-609-1300.