Gwinnett, Gateway85 CID begin engineering Beaver Ruin interchange

October 5, 2022 Gwinnett County: The morning commute out of the northeastern suburbs was brought to a standstill Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022 after a multivehicle wreck spilled diesel fuel on the southbound lanes of I-85. The wreck, which involved two tractor-trailers and two other vehicles, shut down the lanes before Beaver Ruin Road at about 5:45 a.m. and was not cleared until nearly three hours later. Motorists were stuck in the backups for miles stretching back to Ga. 316. No one was injured, according to Gwinnett County police spokesperson Officer Hideshi Valle. The cause of the crash remains under investigation. The fuel spill was to blame for the lengthy closure, Valle said. Until police opened a high-occupancy toll lane at 8 a.m., southbound I-85 was a parking lot. For much of the morning, one big rig with significant front-end damage was sitting horizontal across the travel lanes after crashing into a median wall. The shutdown impacted “pretty much everybody in Gwinnett County north of Norcross,” WSB 24-hour Traffic Center reporter Mike Shields said. Even after the lanes reopened at 8:35 a.m., delays remained on I-85 for the rest of the morning drive. (John Spink / John.Spink@ajc.com)

Credit: JOHN SPINK / AJC

Credit: JOHN SPINK / AJC

October 5, 2022 Gwinnett County: The morning commute out of the northeastern suburbs was brought to a standstill Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022 after a multivehicle wreck spilled diesel fuel on the southbound lanes of I-85. The wreck, which involved two tractor-trailers and two other vehicles, shut down the lanes before Beaver Ruin Road at about 5:45 a.m. and was not cleared until nearly three hours later. Motorists were stuck in the backups for miles stretching back to Ga. 316. No one was injured, according to Gwinnett County police spokesperson Officer Hideshi Valle. The cause of the crash remains under investigation. The fuel spill was to blame for the lengthy closure, Valle said. Until police opened a high-occupancy toll lane at 8 a.m., southbound I-85 was a parking lot. For much of the morning, one big rig with significant front-end damage was sitting horizontal across the travel lanes after crashing into a median wall. The shutdown impacted “pretty much everybody in Gwinnett County north of Norcross,” WSB 24-hour Traffic Center reporter Mike Shields said. Even after the lanes reopened at 8:35 a.m., delays remained on I-85 for the rest of the morning drive. (John Spink / John.Spink@ajc.com)

The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners recently approved an agreement with the Gateway85 Community Improvement District for preliminary engineering on improvements to the Interstate 85 interchange with Beaver Ruin Road, also known as State Route 378.

Left and right turn lanes will be added to on and off ramps, increasing the traffic volume the intersection can handle, according to the State Road and Tollway Authority. A southbound lane on Beaver Ruin will be extended 1,100 feet through Shackleford Road. The project will reduce delays and backups on Beaver Ruin and the interstate, according to the SRTA.

The preliminary engineering phase of the project is expected to cost nearly $337,000 and the construction phase is estimated to cost nearly $1.5 million, according to the county.

Gateway85 CID will reimburse the county up to $150,000 in engineering costs and $600,000 in construction costs using SRTA grant funding, according to the agreement. The county’s financial contribution comes from the special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) program voters approved to begin in 2017.

The county will finish engineering the project by July 2024, according to the agreement.

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