Updated, June 26
The four community improvement districts in Gwinnett were awarded $3 million through the Georgia State Road and Tollway Authority's 2012 Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank grants.
Gov. Nathan Deal announced Thursday morning the 11 grant recipients, which included the , the Gwinnett Place CID, the Lilburn CID and the Evermore CID.
The CIDs plan to use the funds for upcoming transportation projects and improvements, according to a statement from the Gwinnett Village CID, which serves the Norcross area.
Gwinnett Village in particular will use $1 million of the grant funds to help with building a diverging diamond intersection at Jimmy Carter Boulevard and I-85.
“The GTIB program is a way for communities who are serious about investing in their infrastructure to apply for the help they need to complete or move their projects forward,” said Deal. “These projects are the kind of investments that not only sustain communities, but they also strengthen communities by providing more job opportunities.”
SRTA manages the GTIB funds, as well as the grant and loan application review and selection process. Final approval is made by the SRTA Board which is chaired by the governor.
“To date, the GTIB program has awarded approximately $20 million in grants and loans since the program’s inception which have helped fund projects with a total value of more than $100 million dollars,” said SRTA Executive Director Dr. Gena Evans. “SRTA is committed to helping communities invest in mobility solutions that enhance quality of life and provide greater access for all Georgia citizens.”
The Gwinnett Village CID's diverging diamond intersection, which aims to alleviate traffic, works by moving traffic onto the left side of the road when crossing onto the bridge, and then back across to the right when crossing the other side, according to a statement from the CID.
Construction is set to start in fall 2012 and is expected to finish in the middle of 2013.