Listed below are active projects the Gwinnett Place CID is working on.
Club Drive at Pleasant Hill Road Intersection Improvement Project
The Club Drive intersection improvement project was completed in July 2018. The project installed northbound triple left lanes on Pleasant Hill Road and eastbound dual right lanes at Club Drive. These added lanes are helping alleviate traffic delays and facilitate better movement through the intersection.
Venture Drive Widening Project
Plans are underway to widen Venture Drive to four lanes from Steve Reynolds Boulevard to Day Drive. This project ties into the recently completed improvement project on Venture Drive at Gwinnett Place Drive intersection. The improvement concepts include pedestrian enhancements and the increased capacity for movement between Pleasant Hill Road and Steve Reynolds Boulevard.
Venture Drive at Day Drive Intersection Improvement Project
The Gwinnett Place CID is proposing the construction of a roundabout on Venture Drive at Day Drive in order to improve traffic flow and reduce conflict points in the congested area. Construction is scheduled to begin after the right of way acquisitions are complete. Click to read the project’s concept design.
Venture Drive at Steve Reynolds Boulevard Intersection Improvement Project
Right-of-way and easement discussions with impacted property owners began in early 2018, and construction will begin after the right-of-way acquisitions are complete. Venture Drive will be widened at the corner of Steve Reynolds Boulevard in order to construct a designated northbound right turn lane onto Steve Reynolds Boulevard. This second northbound through lane on Venture Drive will continue across Steve Reynolds Boulevard and convert another existing right turn lane into a continuing through lane crossing the intersection and terminating at the retail shopping center North of the intersection.
Area-wide Traffic Responsive System
During the summer of 2018, Gwinnett County DOT in partnership with the Gwinnett Place CID implemented new traffic signal timings. In addition, CID-funded consultants provide monthly maintenance to the traffic signals and quarterly signal maintenance inspections. The signal systems within the Gwinnett Place area include 49 intersections along Pleasant Hill Road, Satellite Boulevard, Steve Reynolds Boulevard, Venture Drive, Old Norcross Road and other corridors. As a result of the partnership between the CID and Gwinnett County DOT, Gwinnett Place is one of a handful of locations which has implemented a Traffic Responsive system which optimizes traffic signal control and allows the system to adapt to sudden changes in traffic volumes very quickly.
Connectivity between McDaniel Farm and Shorty Howell Park
In order to achieve greater walkability in the district, Gwinnett Place CID envisions a strategy for connecting residential, commercial and recreational destinations in the greater Gwinnett Place area. The Gwinnett Place CID has proposed a network of trails to increase walkability and improve the pedestrian experience in the immediate Gwinnett Place area and also complete a section of the Gwinnett County’s Greenway system. By creating safer, more scenic and direct pedestrian routes, along with providing added transportation options to reduce vehicular traffic, these trails can help spark redevelopment in Gwinnett Place. Current schedule calls for developing the engineering plans for phase one along Commerce Avenue in 2019, right of way acquisition in 2020, and construction in 2021. Phase two, McDaniel Farm Park to Shorty Howell Park connectivity, is scheduled for design and acquisition in 2021 and construction in 2022.
The project goals for connecting McDaniel Farm and Shorty Howell Park are to:
- Increase walkability between key residential, commercial and recreational destinations, to spur redevelopment in the Gwinnett Place area
- Connect Gwinnett Place to the larger network of Gwinnett County greenways and open space, to provide alternative transportation options to destinations throughout the county
- Create a safe and enjoyable experience along the entirety of the trail system, and to encourage walking and biking as transportation alternatives
Gwinnett Place Drive/Mall Boulevard Complete Street Projects
As outlined in the ACTivate Gwinnett Place plan, the CID is preparing construction plans to transform Mall Boulevard and Gwinnett Place Drive into complete streets. The designs call for reducing vehicular traffic lanes to transition space within the existing right-of-way to provide sidewalks, green space and multi-modal travel options; thereby, converting the two roadways from a car-only corridor to complete streets, with limited impact to the level of service of the roadway’s traffic capacity. Beginning first with Mall Boulevard, the complete street will become a three lane roadway section; two travels lanes with a center turn lane. A 6′ wide sidewalk will be added to the south side of the roadway with landscape strip buffer between the roadway and sidewalk. A 38′ wide corridor is then created on the north side which will provide for linear green space serving as a sidewalk, a multi-use corridor for cyclists; all in a park-like setting, infusing the area with opportunities to move between parcels safely on foot, on bike and by car. Gwinnett County DOT is currently reviewing the CID-proposed construction plans for the Mall Boulevard project. A CID-funded consultant is preparing the draft plans for the Gwinnett Place Drive project.
I-85 at Pleasant Hill Road NB Ramp Improvement Project
In partnership with the CID and as a result of CID traffic studies, Gwinnett County DOT is directing a project to extend the two lanes at the northbound on-ramp at I-85 and Pleasant Hill Road. The merge point on the on-ramp will be pushed further downstream, using existing shoulder space. This initiative will give vehicles more space to merge and reduce the frequency of back-ups extending into the intersection. Consultant HNTB has prepared recently a concept to show this proposed extension of the two lanes at the ramp. The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) has requested quotes from contractors and received bids for the CID-proposed improvements. The GDOT District 1 Office anticipates that a Notice to Proceed will be issued in November 2018 , but if the weather is too cold for paving, then GDOT anticipates construction to begin in spring 2019. The work hours for the project per GDOT’s draft construction contract: “No lane closures, flagging operations, or any other activity that affects traffic will be allowed Monday through Friday between the hours of 6:00 am to 6:00 pm. Closing more than one lane will not be allowed at any time. Statewide lane closure restrictions for major holidays will also be adhered to.” The improvements to the on-ramp resulted from funds the CID lobbied for and received last year. The proposed work on the I-85 ramp will require approval from the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Gwinnett County DOT has submitted the project concept to GDOT for their review and for their coordination with FHWA to obtain their approval.
Transit Improvements Along the I-85 Corridor
The I-85 corridor remains one of the most congested corridors in the Atlanta region. New mobility options are needed to improve connectivity between major activity centers in Gwinnett and provide a high capacity transportation alternative to automobile travel. In order to improve the quality of life and the economic livelihood of Gwinnett’s central business district, a series of transit studies have been led by the CID to address these needs. The first I-85 Corridor Light Rail Transit Feasibility Study was initiated in September 2008 to evaluate the technical and financial viability of a light rail transit (LRT) line in Gwinnett County. Over the years, the CID has studied the potential benefits of serving the I-85 corridor with transit:
- Gwinnett Way Transit Study, December 2016
- I-85 Corridor Alternatives Analysis Study Final Report
- I-85 Corridor Light Rail Transit Feasibility Study, Phase 2 presentation
- I-85 Corridor Light Rail Transit (LRT) Feasibility Study, Phase 2: Executive Summary
- I-85 Corridor Light Rail Transit (LRT) Feasibility Study, Overview of LRT Technologies presentation
- I-85 Corridor Light Rail Transit (LRT) Feasibility Study, Phase 1: Final Report
- I-85 Corridor Light Rail Transit Feasibility Study, Phase 1 presentation
- Gwinnett Heavy Rail Transit Study