On Tuesday, Gwinnett commissioners accepted a million dollars in federal transportation enhancement funds to help design and build Section 3 of the Ivy Creek Greenway. Construction will start next summer at the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center in Buford.

The new portion of the greenway will wind through the woods for almost a mile before connecting to the existing trail that runs behind the Mall of Georgia, making a continuous length of over three miles. The work includes paved trail, a suspension bridge across the 100-year floodway, an information kiosk and a restroom facility. Total design and construction costs are $1.8 million, including $800,000 from the 2005 SPLOST sales tax program.

Future sections will connect to existing greenway trails within George Pierce Park, resulting in seven miles of greenway trail from Suwanee to Buford.

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