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Summit to make case for transit to northern suburbs

Summit to make case for transit to northern suburbs

ATLANTA -- Three locals chambers of commerce have planned a summit to make a business case for transit into the suburbs.

The Metro Atlanta Northern Crescent Transit Summit will be from 7 a.m. to noon Wednesday, June 8 at the Cobb Galleria Centre (2 Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, 30339).

The event, presented by Jacobs and Siemens, features national elected and technical experts from North Carolina and New Mexico, as well as representatives from the Chambers of Commerce of Cobb, Gwinnett and North Fulton.

Attendees will learn about potential game-changing, high-capacity transit lines that will significantly reduce traffic congestion while strengthening economic development assets in the northern suburbs.

For more information about the summit, call 770-859-2322 or visit www.cobbchamber.org/transit.

WEEKEND EVENTS: 5K's, Car Shows and Garden Tours

WEEKEND EVENTS: 5K's, Car Shows and Garden Tours

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga.  – There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We’ve listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

The Gwinnett Braves will host a 5K Family Fun run at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville. The run will begin at 8:00 a.m. and is followed by a one mile family fun run that starts ten minutes later. This run will benefit the American Cancer Society and will cost $30. Participants will, also, get a free ticket to the Saturday matchup against the Toledo Mud Hens.

Norcross Police are inviting you to take part in a 5k run that begins at 8:00 a.m. The run will be called "Cops Helping Unique Kids" or CHUK. The $20 registration fee will go to the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation. There is also a free run and walk that will happen at 10:00 a.m. and a family festival at Thrashers Park.

Gwinnett Commissioners may postpone airport vote

Gwinnett Commissioners may postpone airport vote

LAWRENCEVILLE --  A decision on whether to allow ticketed passenger service at Briscoe Field may have to wait a little longer.

A Gwinnett Board of Commissioners votes is set for 2 p.m. Tuesday, but a resolution may be introduced to delay the vote so that more residents can voice their opinions.

The issue at hand is whether to begin to allow larger passenger planes, seating up to 140, to fly in and out of Briscoe Field, which currently serves only coporate jets and small commercial aircraft.

Commissioner John Heard, who is scheduled to introduce the resolution, opposes allowing large passenger planes into the airport.

 

County Gets Boost In Funds For State Route Widening

LAWRENCEVILLE – (submitted by Gwinnett County Transportation) The Board of Commissioners approved an addendum to an agreement with Georgia DOT that will allow the County to accept an additional $28 million in funding for right-of-way acquisition to widen SR 20/Cumming Highway near Sugar Hill from Peachtree Industrial Boulevard to the Chattahoochee River.

The County received $11 million in federal and state funds in October 2010 to purchase right-of-way and easements from approximately 200 properties located along State Route 20. The County is funding land acquisition services associated with the project and acquisitions are now underway.    

This is the last of three projects to replace the only remaining two-lane sections of State Route 20 in Gwinnett.

Gwinnett County Officials give a County Update

Gwinnett County, GA--  (submitted by Gwinnett County Government)

This has been one of the more significant snow and ice events Gwinnett has experienced in many years in terms of volume of snow and ice on the roads in combination with below-freezing temperatures. Despite the colder temperatures expected over the next few days, the sun, low humidity, and wind are expected to help accelerate the natural evaporation and melting process.

The Gwinnett County Department of Transportation has been responding to weather-related road conditions since the winter storm hit metropolitan Atlanta on Sunday evening. The department has been primarily cooperating with and assisting the County's emergency personnel and crews, which have responded to icy conditions on major thoroughfares and collector streets.

The Roads are Open; We Have Your Traffic Information at 11Alive.com

All the roads in Metro Atlanta are open today. You need to pack a huge load of patience while you get going though. There are many delays out there. For details on particular routes, check http://11alive.com/traffic.

ALL INTERSTATES & MAIN ROUTES are open.

The left lanes have ice in them. Stay out of those left lanes. Assume that all overpasses have ice on them; many have glaze ice that you will not be able to see until you are on them.

ALL of the on and off ramps have ice in them. Approach them slowly and carefully. If you speed onto an offramp or try to turn suddenly, you will slide and crash.

ARTERIAL/MAIN STREETS --

All have some ice on them. Most with three lanes ordinarily are down to two; most with two lanes regularly, are down to one lane.

Georgia DOT announces I-85 express lane construction information session

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA. – The Georgia Department of Transportation will hold a construction information session on the I-85 Express Lane Project on Sept. 1 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Gwinnett Civic Center. The project to convert 16 miles of HOV lanes to HOT lanes will offer more choices to all motorists, including single occupant vehicles and more reliable trip times in the corridor.

"This is the first project of its kind in Georgia," said DOT Commissioner Vance C. Smith, Jr. "With construction expected to begin in mid-September, it is extremely important that motorists understand how changes along the interstate will impact their commutes."