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New road connecting Highway 9 to Mansell Road now open in Roswell

Roswell cut the ribbon on its Sun Valley Extension on Friday. The $4.3 million road is open and operational and connects Mansell Road to Alpharetta Highway.
Roswell cut the ribbon on its Sun Valley Extension on Friday. The $4.3 million road is open and operational and connects Mansell Road to Alpharetta Highway.

A new traffic route is now open and operational in Roswell.

On Friday, city officials cut the ribbon on the Sun Valley Drive Extension. The project cost $4.3 million and is aimed at relieving traffic, giving drivers a different route between Mansell Road and Alpharetta Highway.

The project extends the existing road from Alpharetta Highway east to Warsaw Road. It also includes a new single-lane roundabout.

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City officials call the new road extension a “complete street” because it accommodates cars, bikes and pedestrians. It comes with 11-foot travel lanes, 4-foot bicycle lanes, 5-foot sidewalks and an 8-foot multi-use path.

“We focused on mobility, but we also focused on people and livability, not just moving cars,” Steve Acenbrak, the city’s director of transportation, said in a statement. “It improves mobility, improves water quality, improves recreational alternatives and improves the economic viability of this area.”

The project was constructed by Vertical Earth, Inc. Funding was provided by a combination of Roswell’s bond referendum — which was approved by Roswell voters in November 2012 — impact fees and the city’s general fund. Construction on the project began in February 2017.

"I think that this is an exciting piece of road," councilman Sean Groer said at the ribbon cutting on Friday. "It's going to relieve pressure on Highway 9 and Mansell Road, and for me, this project is about connectivity and commerce."


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