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Park to connect Georgia Gwinnett campus, downtown Lawrenceville

Work has begun on Lawrenceville’s college corridor project, which will connect Georgia Gwinnett College and downtown Lawrenceville with a 2.2-mile linear park, city officials said.

The $30 million project has been in the works for about five years and was approved by the Lawrenceville City Council in 2015. Work on the project will include “construction of roadways and streetscapes in the immediate downtown and train depot areas,” a city release said. Georgia Development Partners will oversee initial construction.

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Once complete, the park will have bike paths, multi-use trails and a two-lane road. It will begin at the intersection of Ga. 316 and Collins Hill Road, running parallel to Northdale Road. The park is expected to be open in October or November of 2018.

The vision for the park is to turn Lawrenceville into a “college town,” said Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson in the release.

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“Georgia Gwinnett College produces more than $300 million in local economic impact for the Gwinnett community and sits inside Lawrenceville’s borders,”Johnson said. “The numbers speak for themselves and the location does as well. This linear park will connect one of our strongest economic engines and workforce development institutions with a vibrant and booming downtown and County core. We are pleased to make this tangible connection a reality and realize the vision for being Gwinnett’s first and definitely unique ‘college town’.”

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