“The new section is likely to be a toll road if it is to be open to traffic in the next five to eight years,” Gwinnett County spokesman Joe Sorenson said. “Otherwise, it will remain in long range planning with no certain date for completion.”
A map of the proposed Sugarloaf Parkway extension, with the planned expansion shown in green. COURTESY OF GWINNETT COUNTY
Gwinnett Department of Transportation director Alan Chapman said there’s currently no other way but tolling to fully fund the project.
“With all of the needs that we have countywide, whether it's resurfacing or bridges, road widenings, we just don't have enough local funds to put together the local funding for it,” Chapman said. “So we think tolling is a way to really close tha gap and get the project fully funded.”
How much potential tolls may cost was unclear. Chapman said already existing stretches of Sugarloaf Parkway would not become toll lanes.
“We do think it provides relief for people who may not chose to pay the poll and ride on Sugarloaf,” Chapman said, “because it's going to draw traffic off of some of the arterials and collectors around Sugarloaf.”
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