Transportation is the lifeblood of local economies and the Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District’s convenient location, with access to I-85, I-285, Hwy 29, Buford Hwy and Peachtree Industrial Blvd, has long made it a prime location for businesses and residents. The CID works to improve mobility throughout The Village with strategic infrastructure improvements aimed at alleviating congestion in the corridor.

From building sidewalks and enhancing intersections to expanding transit access, the CID is committed to making transportation safe and convenient for all that live, work or play in the Village. The CID works with local, county, state and federal partners to ensure that mobility options are available for all modes of transport within the CID.

Jimmy Carter Blvd. & I-85 Interchange Improvements

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The Jimmy Carter bridge is the heart of the Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District. It is also one of the busiest interchanges along the entire I-85 corridor. When the CID was founded in 2006 it became evident immediately that something was going to have to be done to relieve congestion at this vital access point to our community.

Given the fact that transportation resources are stretched thin already, the CID new that we would have to find an innovative way to relieve congestion for the lowest possible cost.

The CID immediately gravitated toward an innovative design known as a Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI). The design, which originated in France, has begun to see more and more popularity among transportation circles because of its effectiveness in relieving congestion at interchanges while being relatively inexpensive to construct (due to the fact that you can utilize the existing bridge).

The CID is working in partnership with the Gwinnett County Department of Transportation to turn this innovative design into a reality. Gwinnett County recently completed their first DDI at Pleasant Hill Road and I-85. If you’d like to find out more information on these please visitwww.gwinnettddi.com.

Construction of Jimmy Carter DDI is officially complete.

 

Singleton/Jimmy Carter Intersection Improvements

The Gwinnett Village CID is moving forward with recommendations from its Jimmy Carter Boulevard Livable Centers Initiative to address the heavy congestion and safety concerns along this critical corridor by improving the intersection of Singleton Road and Jimmy Carter Boulevard. Additional turning lanes, added cross walks and sidewalks will go a long way toward increasing safety and mobility along this heavily traveled corridor.  As part of the plans refinement process along with working with our local businesses, we have removed an additional right lane turn northbound onto Jimmy Carter Boulevard from westbound Singleton Road to minimize local property impacts. Project was completed in 2013.

Indian Trail Safety/Access Management Improvements
In an effort to increase safety and reduce congestion, the CID has worked with Gwinnett County to fund an access management project on Indian Trail Road from Beaver Ruin Road to Oakbrook Parkway. The project includes landscaped medians on Indian Trail, additional turn lanes for accessing I-85 and sidewalks. This project was completed in 2012. Click here for additional details on the Indian Trail project.

Transportation Studies

I-85 Corridor Light Rail Transit Feasibility Study: The I-85 Corridor Light Rail Transit Feasibility Study was completeded in September, 2008 to evaluate the technical and financial viability of a light rail line in Gwinnett County. The project co-sponsors, Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District and Gwinnett Place Community Improvement District, initiated the project to explore the potential benefit of serving the I-85 corridor with light rail transit (LRT). Figure 1 displays the extent of the corridor examined for the I-85 Corridor LRT Feasibility Study. Download full report here.

I-85 transit line- proposed route

 

In 2011 The Gwinnett Village CID, Gwinnett Place CID and Gwinnett County were awarded a $600,000 Alternatives Analysis grant from the Federal Transit Administration to further study the potential for expanded transit in the I-85 corridor. The AA will look at environmental impacts, recommended modes and identify the most suitable route.

Indian Trail LCI: Examined transportation and land use improvements : This Livable Centers Initiative Study examined land use and transportation improvements along Indian Trail – Lilburn Road from Beaver Ruin Road to Lawrenceville Highway and generated a 5 year transportation plan with specific needed projects. Two of these projects – two sections of a side path along Indian Trail – have been pre-approved to compete for LCI transportation implementation funds. To read the study please download the PDF here.

Jimmy Carter LCI : This Livable Centers Initiative Study examined land use and transportation improvements along Jimmy Carter Boulevard from Buford Highway to Singleton Road and generated a 5 year transportation plan with specific needed projects. Two of these projects along the boulevard – safety improvements at Singleton Road and North Norcross Tucker Road – have been pre-approved to compete for LCI transportation implementation funds. To read the study please download the PDF here.

Buford Highway Multi-Modal Study: The Atlanta Regional Commission initiated a program to examine how the future transportation system investments would accommodate future corridor travel for workers and local residents, within the context of anticipated residential, employment, and development changes. One of the initial studies was Buford Highway from Sidney Marcus Boulevard in Atlanta to SR 120 in Duluth. The CID has been building off these recommendations for improved pedestrian, bicycle and transit opportunities.

Industrial Area Truck Study: In 2007, the CID looked at truck traffic along Jimmy Carter Boulevard to ensure the best mobility for our businesses and residents. Interestingly, the existence of truck traffic was more of a perception issue with truck traffic percentage not significantly high on a regional level. Still an opportunity was found to better educate freight drivers on alternate routes to avoid local bottlenecks though signage and outreach, as well as some local through routes roads that need future upgrades. To read the study please click here.