Roswell optimistic ‘Green Loop’ project will be completed in 2018

Roswell Mayor Lori Henry and transportation director Steve Acenbrak are hopeful that the $5.8 million project will be finished this year.

In a "State of the City" address on Jan. 26, Roswell Mayor Lori Henry said residents will soon see the completion of the construction for the Hardscrabble Green Loop Project.

She didn’t give an exact date in the speech, but Roswell transportation director Steve Acenbrak wrote in an email that the city is “optimistic” that it will be completed by the end of 2018.

The AJC previously reported the $5.8 million project was expected to be completed within 18 months. Ground broke on the project in Oct. 2017; design began in 2011.

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“Yes, they are ahead of schedule, but as you know the weather plays a big part in what they can accomplish,” Acenbrak said. “There is a lot that can happen between now and (the end of 2018).”

In total, Henry said, the project will add 1.2 miles of multi-use paths, 1.4 miles of sidewalk and 2.4 miles of new bike lanes to Roswell. It will connect Hardscrabble, King and Etris roads into a complete street.

The trails and bike lanes will connect schools and parks, such as Roswell High School, Sweet Apple Elementary School and Sweet Apple Park.

Construction is under way of the Hardscrabble Green Loop, a $5.8 million project to add trails, sidewalks and bicycle lanes to Hardscrabble Road on the north side of Roswell. (CITY OF ROSWELL)

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The project also includes a new roundabout at Chafin Road, which Henry said will “improve traffic operations along the corridor.”

Henry also said that the Sun Valley Connector, a new two-lane road connecting Mansell Road and Ga. Highway 9, is expected to be completed this spring. A new roundabout at Old Alabama Road is expected to be completed later this year too.

The Hardscrabble Green Loop Project is jointly funded by Roswell, GDOT, the Federal Highway Administration and the Atlanta Regional Commission.

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