Pinehurst Road, Skyland Drive to see $1.7 million in sidewalk improvements

SNELLVILLE — Two new sidewalk projects totaling 8,100 linear feet are planned for Pinehurst Road and Skyland Drive.

A well-attended public information open house took place July 11, kicking off the projects which will improve student safety near South Gwinnett High School and pedestrian safety on Pinehurst Road.

“Mayor and Council, headed by councilmembers Gretchen Schulz, Cristy Lenski and Tod Warner, mapped out future sidewalk needs for the city,” said City Manager Butch Sanders. “This is the first step in completing the whole plan. More sidewalks will be added in the future to provide our residents a very attractive amenity which raises property values and increases pedestrian safety.”

The Skyland Drive portion of the project calls for new sidewalks on the north side of Skyland Drive from just south of the intersection of Skyland Drive and Eldorado Place, where the sidewalk currently ends, to the intersection of Skyland Drive and Rockdale Circle. That portion totals 2,800 linear feet. The Pinehurst Road portion of the project calls for new sidewalks on the north side of Pinehurst Road from just south of the intersection of Pinehurst Road and North Road, where the sidewalk currently ends to the existing sidewalk near the entrance into Saddlebrook subdivision.

The $1.7 million project will be funded with American Rescue Plan Act funds. Following face-to-face meetings with homeowner’s along the proposed sidewalks to obtain temporary easements, construction could begin in spring of 2023 and be completed by early 2024, according to project engineer Lawrence K. Kaiser, president of Collaborative Infrastructure Services, Inc.

There will be another public information open house in the fall, Kaiser said.

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