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Dangerous Suwanee Intersection To Get Key Improvements

Upgrade to 'pedestrian access facilities' at Peachtree Industrial Boulevard and McGinnis Ferry Road are in the works.

Suwanee and Gwinnett County officials are collaborating on changes to a major intersection that are aimed at pedestrian safety.

The governments plan a joint effort to "upgrade pedestrian access facilities" at Peachtree Industrial Boulevard and McGinnis Ferry Road, which has long been one of the city's most dangerous intersections.

The cost of the $150,000 project is being equally shared by the governments, and is set for the Suwanee City Council agenda in February.

Showing that public feedback was a factor in the project, Suwanee officials noted that the work was not provided for in the current capital projects plan. Suwanee would take its share of the cost out of the Facilities Enhancements Fund. Gwinnett would use SPLOST funds.

The physical work would be done by Gwinnett workers. Gwinnett spokesperson Joe Sorenson estimated that the work would begin in the spring.

This intersection regularly shows up on Suwanee Police "hot sheets" as among the heaviest in the city for traffic accidents. Also, the heavy traffic on both streets makes pedestrian crossings dangerous.

-- What is your reaction to this project? What other intersections in Suwanee do you think need such attention? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

See also:

  • What Are Suwanee's Most Dangerous Intersections for 2012?

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Terry Jordan February 15, 2013 at 06:04 PM
Steve, I recently heard a traffic light had been approved for the intersection of Scales and McGinnis Ferry. Any news or updated information on that?
Steve Burns February 15, 2013 at 06:07 PM
I haven't heard, Terry, but I'll check. Thanks.
Steve Burns February 15, 2013 at 07:49 PM
Terry, FYI, to be sure you see this: http://patch.com/A-1YgF
Ross Crawford February 15, 2013 at 10:57 PM
I agree with William on the speed limit. 55 is the same speed limit as I-285, and many people will exceed the posted limit by 5-10 mph believing the police will not ticket them. The other intersection that we cross daily, which is also dangerous, is Satellite Blvd and Lawrenceville-Suwanee Rd. I've suggested replacing the traffic lights with separate lights with one only having the turn arrows and the other just the standard type. The current lights with the turn arrow integrated in one light allows people to attempt to made left turns in front on oncoming traffic. The other lights would eliminate that (unless people run them on red).
Patch Adams February 19, 2013 at 06:44 PM
Totally agree with William and Ross on the speed limit. I can't tell you how many times I have been rapidly passed while going 55 in this area.

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