The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday awarded a construction contract for pedestrian safety improvements along Lawrenceville Highway/U.S. 29 in Lilburn.

Crews will add just under a mile of five-foot-wide sidewalk along the north side of the highway as well as install curb and gutter and make other improvements to the roadside shoulders. The new sidewalk will fill in gaps between existing sections, creating a continuous sidewalk from Rockbridge Road to Hillcrest Road/Main Street and linking two County parks – the new Bryson Park and Lions Club Park, which is currently closed for renovations.

The project also includes five new transit shelter pads to enhance access to the existing Gwinnett County Transit Local 30 Route. In addition, the traffic signal Holly Ridge Drive/Pine Road will be upgraded for full pedestrian access including crosswalks and pedestrian signals. The city of Lilburn is funding a portion of the signal work.

District 2 Commissioner Lynette Howard said, “I’m pleased to partner with Lilburn officials to increase walkability and safety for our residents. Projects like this one are important for connecting neighborhoods and increasing pedestrian access to recreation, shopping and transit opportunities.”

The contract was awarded to ISC, Inc., the lowest of three bidders at $332,454.25. An American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant is covering the cost of construction, with the exception of the signal upgrades. SPLOST paid for the design and right-of-way acquisition.

Construction is anticipated to be complete in late 2013.

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