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 summer 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 Roundabout Project
The Gwinnett Place CID is working in partnership with the Gwinnett County Department of Transportation and the State Road and Tollway Authority to construct a roundabout on Venture Drive at Day Drive in order to improve traffic flow and reduce conflict points in the congested area. Roundabouts, which have been proven to be safer and more efficient than neighborhood traffic circles or large rotaries, are another type of intersection. Roundabouts have been proven safer and more efficient than other types of circular intersections. According to research by U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, roundabouts have a 35 percent reduction in all crashes, 76 percent reduction in injuries and more than 90 percent reduction in fatalities. Roundabouts also are safer for cyclists and pedestrians when crossing traffic.
Ohmshiv Construction, LLC was selected to construct this project. The notice to proceed was issued June 19, 2019. Construction is underway with completion scheduled for Fall 2020. Construction activities consist of utility relocation, installation of drainage structures and walls, grading, and maintenance of erosion control structures. Future activities include utility relocations, grading, installation of drainage structures and walls, pavement structures, and maintenance of erosion control structures. Click to review the project’s concept design.
Completion time will be contingent upon actual weather conditions, utility conflicts encountered, etc., which may lengthen or shorten the project time. The project includes the installation of lighting at the roundabout, curb and gutter, sidewalks and associate drainage improvements. All work will be accomplished within the Gwinnett County and/or State of Georgia Right of Way or acquired easements. Gwinnett County or the CID is not responsible for items installed within the right of way. This project is funded through the 2017 and 2009 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) program, the State Road and Tollway Authority Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank and the CID. Any lane closures will occur between 9am and 4pm. May 24, 2019 Gwinnett County Department of Transportation letter regarding project.
Venture Drive at Steve Reynolds Boulevard Intersection Improvement Project
Venture Drive will be widened at the corner of Steve Reynolds Boulevard in order to add a second eastbound through lane and extend the southbound left turn lane. The existing traffic signal located at the intersection will be replaced with a new traffic signal.
Ohmshiv Construction, LLC was selected to construct this project. The notice to proceed was issued June 19, 2019. Construction is underway with completion scheduled for Fall 2020. Current construction activities consist of utility relocation, installation of drainage structures and walls, grading, and maintenance of erosion control structures. Future activities include utility relocations, grading, installation of drainage structures and walls, pavement structures, and maintenance of erosion control structures.
Completion time will be contingent upon actual weather conditions, utility conflicts encountered, etc., which may lengthen or shorten the project time. The project includes the installation of curb and gutter, sidewalks and associate drainage improvements. All work will be accomplished within the Gwinnett County and/or State of Georgia Right of Way or acquired easements. Gwinnett County or the CID is not responsible for items installed within the right of way. This project is funded through the 2017 and 2009 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) program and the CID. Any lane closures will occur between 9am and 4pm. May 24, 2019 Gwinnett County Department of Transportation letter regarding project.
Area-wide Traffic Responsive System
The Gwinnett Place area traffic system consists of 49 signalized intersections with primary corridors including Pleasant Hill Road, Satellite Boulevard, Steve Reynolds Boulevard, and Club Drive. The Gwinnett Place system also includes two interchanges with I-85, a half diamond at Steve Reynolds Boulevard and a diverging diamond interchange (DDI) at Pleasant Hill Road. Pleasant Hill Road includes 23 intersections and is bound by an interchange on either end of the corridor, SR 13/Buford Highway to the north and Ronald Reagan Parkway to the south. Pleasant Hill Road maintains heavy volumes throughout day with additional commuter travel during the peaks. Satellite Boulevard includes 14 intersections and is parallel to I-85. It is a popular alternate route to I-85 with heavy peaks during the AM and PM. Steve Reynolds Boulevard, combined with Club Drive, are a popular alternative route to Pleasant Hill Road as it circumvents some of the congestion surrounding Gwinnett Place Mall. This route consists of 10 intersections.
Traffic Responsive Signal control systems (TR) are useful in areas with heavy traffic volumes and unpredictable traffic patterns. The system reacts to changes in traffic demand and then implements timing plans most suited for the traffic conditions. It works well along popular alternative or bypass routes that are impacted by weather, incidents, seasonal variations, or planned special events. The Gwinnett Place system is an ideal location for a TR system because of the heavy and often variable volumes along Pleasant Hill Road, alternate route options for I-85 and Pleasant Hill Road, and volume variation on weekends due to traffic generated by area retail. The goal for the Gwinnett Place TR system is to run the most suitable traffic control patterns based on traffic volumes.
Working in partnership with the CID, the Gwinnett County and Georgia Departments of Transportation completed a retiming for the Gwinnett Place system in September 2017 with the TR system becoming operational in November 2018. Because of the dynamic traffic volumes surrounding Gwinnett Place, the system operates better with TR than with traditional static time of day operations. The system now reacts to changes in traffic demand and automatically implements traffic patterns appropriate for the traffic conditions. The Final Timing Report for the Gwinnett Place Traffic System 2019 documents the improvements in travel times and average speeds in the area as a result of TR operations.
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 2020. On March 19, 2019, Gwinnett County awarded an engineering contract to Pond & Company to perform a feasibility study and concept plan design for this portion of the Loop Trail that will connect Shorty Howell, McDaniel Farm Park, Peachtree Ridge Park and Suwanee Creek Park.
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 and Mall Boulevard projects.
Mall Boulevard Corridor:
• The Field Plan Review has been held and plans prepared.
• Right of way plans were prepared and submitted to Gwinnett County. The is addressing the right of way comments along with preparation of plans for the Final Field Plan Review. Gwinnett County DOT has begun work on the appraisals for the parcels with required easements and right of way. DOT anticipates completion of these appraisals during 2020.
Gwinnett Place Drive Corridor:
• The Preliminary Field Plan Review has been held.
• Right of way plans were prepared and submitted to Gwinnett County DOT for comment.
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 directed 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 prepared a concept to show this proposed extension of the two lanes at the ramp. The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) selected a contractor, and construction was completed in mid-August 2019.
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.
In partnership with the Atlanta Regional Commission, Gwinnett County, the Gateway 85 Gwinnett CID and the Sugarloaf CID, the Gwinnett Place CID is currently involved with the Satellite Boulevard Bus Rapid Transit Corridor Study.
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 Feasibility Study, Phase 1 presentation