On June 21, Governor Nathan Deal announced the winners of the Georgia State Road and Tollway Authority's (SRTA) 2012 Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank (GTIB) grants. Among the groups being awarded funding were all four of Gwinnett's Community Improvement Districts with grants totaling $3 Million.
A press release from the GTIB and a joint press release from Gwinnett's CID states that Lilburn's CID received $800,000 in GTIP grant funding to assist in the construction of their Main Street relocation and realignment project from US-29 to Church Street. The aim is to increase access to surrounding properties (including the new Lilburn Municipal Complex) and the benefits include:
- Enhanced safety and access through construction of two roundabouts
- A median and intersection realignment at Main Street and US-29.
- Pedestrian enhancements in new pedestrian pole lights and construction of a multi-use path.
Roadway improvements will also occur on adjoining local roads to provide for adequate connectivity to the realigned Main Street allowing for Lilburn's Main Street to "accommodate the anticipated growth and subsequent increase in traffic volume in the years to come."
- Construction - Winter 2012/2013
- Completion - Winter 2013/2014
SRTA manages the GTIB funds, as well as the grant and loan application review and selection process. Final approval is made by the SRTA Board which is chaired by the Governor.
“The GTIB program is a way for communities who are serious about investing in their infrastructure to apply for the help they need to complete or move their projects forward,” said Governor Deal. “These projects are the kind of investments that not only sustain communities, but they also strengthen communities by providing more job opportunities.”.
About the other Gwinnett projects:
- Gwinnett Place & Gwinnett Village Community Improvement Districts both received $1 million grants to aid in funding construction of interchange reconfiguration projects (Diverging Diamond Interchange) at Pleasant Hill Road at I-85 and Jimmy Carter Boulevard at I-85.
- Evermore Community Improvement District was awarded a $200,000 grant and a $300,000 loan for an intersection realignment project at Old US-78 and Walton Court. In conjunction with this project the Evermore CID aims to create a parallel road system to improve traffic circulation, travel efficiency and safety along the Highway 78 corridor.
You can see more detail on the how the grant money was awarded in the press release from the GTIB. For more information on the GTIB program including grant and loan applications, guidelines, terms and loan interest rates visit the SRTA website at www.georgiatolls.com.