Duluth approves funding for Main Street Trail

The Duluth City Council recently approved $85,500 in funding to go toward the design of a 1.5 mile Main Street Trail that will connect the current trail ending at Brock Road with the Sugarloaf Marketplace node at Peachtree Industrial Boulevard.

In addition to the traditional design of trail and walls, the project will include a 0.2-mile sidewalk spur on the northeast side of Rogers Bridge Road from Main Street to River Summit Drive, and connectivity to the signal currently out for bid at Rogers Bridge Rd and Main Street. The plan includes the ability to construct the trail in two phases in case construction budgets become restrictive, as well as in depth subsurface utility location to avoid delay and additional construction costs.

Design fees for the project are $376,584 plus a 10 percent contingency of $37,658 for a total of $414,242. Additional fees for the city engineer may include approximately $35,000, for a total design budget of approximately $450,000. Gwinnett county will cover 81 percent of this cost, or $364,500, and the city will cover 19 percent or $85,500 using 2017 SPLOST transportation funds.