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Thursday July 30th, 2015 4:16AM

Suwanee improving I-85 interchange

By Ken Stanford Reporter
SUWANEE - Work is underway in the City of Suwanee on a streetscaping project around the I-85 interstate interchange and along Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road from the new police substation to Sawmill Road.

Small plazas are being constructed and landscaping is being installed, says Planning and Inspections Director Josh Campbell.

Eleven plazas, which will include benches and trash cans as well as landscaping, and two smaller seating areas are being created on each side of the interstate ramps and around the Sawmill/Lawrenceville-Suwanee intersection. In addition, the I-85 ramps will be re-landscaped. In all, the project includes 161 elm, maple, crepe myrtle, and magnolia trees; 6,146 holly, juniper, and rose bushes; 4,255 plugs of liriope; and more than an acre of sod.

The Brickman Group, out of Lawrenceville, has been contracted to do the work at a cost of about $285,000. Funding is provided through the city's general fund, the 2005 SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax), and a $50,000 grant from the Georgia Department of Transportation.

The project, expected to be completed around the first of the year, also will include some re-striping of crosswalks and repair of broken sidewalks in the area.
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