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Gwinnett Flocks to Suwanee for McGinnis Ferry/I-85 Project

County and state officials formally dedicate the $20.4 million effort, which includes a bridge over the interstate.

Updated 4:32 p.m., Oct. 4, 2011

It didn't take Gwinnett District 1 Commissioner Shirley Lasseter long Tuesday to put the McGinnis Ferry Road/I-85 project in perspective.

"It takes me straight to my daughter's house (in Suwanee)," Lasseter said in Suwanee as county and state officials gathered for the formal dedication of the project that opened in August. Work began on the $20.4 million effort in 2009.

"I-85 crosses the heart of my district, and it challenges us to find new ways to cross it," Lasseter continued.

Charlotte Nash, Mike Beaudreau, John Heard and Lynette Howard were the other Gwinnett commissioners who joined Lasseter at Tuesday's ribbon-cutting. Also present was Dan Foster, Suwanee City Council member, and various county and state transportation officials. The event was at McGinnis Ferry Road and Celebration Drive, formerly Gwinco Boulevard, near the bridge over I-85.

The construction was funded by federal stimulus money. Gwinnett SPLOST funds were used in the design phase.

Suwanee Patch will have more coverage of Tuesday's event soon.

William Combs October 04, 2011 at 08:21 PM
The original "McGinnis Ferry Road" signs were recently taken down from the new road. Since the road was previously known as Burnette Road, I am wondering if they are going to put up signs for the previous name instead of showing it as an extension of McGinnis Ferry Road.
Steve Burns (Editor) October 04, 2011 at 10:36 PM
We're checking on this.

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