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Killian Hill, Lee Road to Get Bridge Repairs

BUFORD -- (submitted by Gwinnett County) SPLOST money designated for bridge replacements will fund two major bridge projects approved by Gwinnett commissioners on Tuesday.

The bridge that carries Killian Hill Road over the Yellow River south of Five Forks will be replaced by a new, wider bridge under a $4.16 million contract. Sunbelt Structures, Inc., of Tucker was the lowest of six bidders for the project. The work also includes vertical alignment improvements, roadway widening and adding turn lanes. Construction is anticipated to be completed in late 2012.

The bridge on Lee Road over No Business Creek in the southern tip of Gwinnett will also be replaced. The new roadway will have improvements to the roadside shoulders and vertical alignment of Lee Road. The project was awarded to E.R. Snell Contractor, Inc. of Snellville, the lowest of eight bidders at $1.5 million.

County Gets Boost In Funds For State Route Widening

LAWRENCEVILLE – (submitted by Gwinnett County Transportation) The Board of Commissioners approved an addendum to an agreement with Georgia DOT that will allow the County to accept an additional $28 million in funding for right-of-way acquisition to widen SR 20/Cumming Highway near Sugar Hill from Peachtree Industrial Boulevard to the Chattahoochee River.

The County received $11 million in federal and state funds in October 2010 to purchase right-of-way and easements from approximately 200 properties located along State Route 20. The County is funding land acquisition services associated with the project and acquisitions are now underway.    

This is the last of three projects to replace the only remaining two-lane sections of State Route 20 in Gwinnett.

Gwinnett County Officials give a County Update

Gwinnett County, GA--  (submitted by Gwinnett County Government)

This has been one of the more significant snow and ice events Gwinnett has experienced in many years in terms of volume of snow and ice on the roads in combination with below-freezing temperatures. Despite the colder temperatures expected over the next few days, the sun, low humidity, and wind are expected to help accelerate the natural evaporation and melting process.

The Gwinnett County Department of Transportation has been responding to weather-related road conditions since the winter storm hit metropolitan Atlanta on Sunday evening. The department has been primarily cooperating with and assisting the County's emergency personnel and crews, which have responded to icy conditions on major thoroughfares and collector streets.

The Roads are Open; We Have Your Traffic Information at 11Alive.com

All the roads in Metro Atlanta are open today. You need to pack a huge load of patience while you get going though. There are many delays out there. For details on particular routes, check http://11alive.com/traffic.

ALL INTERSTATES & MAIN ROUTES are open.

The left lanes have ice in them. Stay out of those left lanes. Assume that all overpasses have ice on them; many have glaze ice that you will not be able to see until you are on them.

ALL of the on and off ramps have ice in them. Approach them slowly and carefully. If you speed onto an offramp or try to turn suddenly, you will slide and crash.

ARTERIAL/MAIN STREETS --

All have some ice on them. Most with three lanes ordinarily are down to two; most with two lanes regularly, are down to one lane.

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."