JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – The State Road and Tollway Authority has awarded Johns Creek a $1.5 million State Regional Transportation Authority grant which will be used for the State Bridge Road widening project from Medlock Bridge Road across the Chattahoochee River.
Gwinnett County also received $1.5 million for the project, which will expand the roadway from four lanes to six lanes from Medlock Bridge Road in Johns Creek to McClure Bridge Road in Duluth.
City Public Works Director Tom Black said the city’s $1.5 million grant was the result of a city application (with Gwinnett County applying likewise). In awarding the twin grants, the state is showing its approval of joint transportation improvements by cooperating local governments.
Johns Creek will handle the State Bridge Road widening from Medlock Bridge Road to the river, where the road’s name changes to Pleasant Hill Road. Gwinnett County will construct the Pleasant Hill Road portion of work between the river and McClure Bridge Road.
Gwinnett County is also buying right of way to widen Pleasant Hill Road to six lanes on the east side of the Chattahoochee River.
“The project will widen the crossing at the Chattahoochee to six lanes,” said Black. “This will have a huge effect on traffic in that area. Not only will it ease the east-west movement on State Bridge Road, it will help ease congestion for Medlock Bridge Road as well.”
At its busiest, 100,000 cars a day pass through the intersection. Cars traveling north and south on Medlock that want to turn left onto State Bridge often must wait because there is no more room to stack traffic on State Bridge.
So traffic is stacked on both Medlock and State Bridge roads at peak times – especially when school is in session.
“Once Gwinnett completes their work on their side of the Chattahoochee and we do ours, the motorists should see a huge difference,” Black said.
The Johns Creek portion of the project is on its list of Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax projects approved by Fulton County voters last November.
However, like all of the city’s TSPLOST projects, it awaits final approval by the City Council before work can begin.