Gwinnett will get a new I-85 interchange

Construction could begin on a new I-85 interchange in Gwinnett County in two years.

On Tuesday the Gwinnett Board of Commissioners accepted a $2 million grant that will help pay for land acquisition for a new interchange at Ga. 324/Gravel Springs Road.

County Transportation Director Alan Chapman said the interchange would be about halfway between the Hamilton Mill Road and Ga.20 exits and would be another way to reach the Mall of Georgia.

Land acquisition for the project is expected to cost about $7 million. Commissioners accepted a $2 million grant from the Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank to pay for part of the cost. The federal government will cover the rest of the cost of land acquisition.

Chapman said construction is set to begin in summer 2018.