Gwinnett: Get ready to talk traffic

Gwinnett County residents, get ready to talk a lot about traffic.

The county plans a series of public meetings next month to discuss Gwinnett’s long-term plans to upgrade roads and mass transit. Public feedback will shape plans for short- and long-term transportation fixes, some of which likely would be paid for by a special local options sales tax for construction projects. Gwinnett is expected to ask voters to renew the SPLOST in November.

The plan also will shape long-term plans – including whether Gwinnett embraces MARTA, as some transit advocates hope it will.

Residents who want to shape those future plans have several opportunities to speak up in March:

*6 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 15 at Bogan Park Community Recreation Center, 2723 North Bogan Road, Buford.

*10 a.m. to noon March 19 at the Shorty Howell Park Activity Building, 2750 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth.

*6 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 21 at the Lucky Shoals Park Community Room, 4651 Britt Road, Norcross.

*6 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 29 at Snellville City Hall, 2342 Oak Road.

Based on public feedback and analysis of traffic, employment and other data, the county plans to come back to the public with preliminary recommendations next fall. Final recommendations would come early next year.