Work to begin on new trails in Gwinnett County

Gwinnett County leaders gathered yesterday to kick off the start of construction on an infrastructure project that will provide water, sewer and trails for 8,500 acres of land in east Gwinnett. 

The Eastern Regional Infrastructure Project includes about five miles of new public trails, two trailheads, upgraded and expanded water service and expanded sewer service.

“I’m delighted to break ground on this historic infrastructure project, which will serve as the foundation for smart, environmentally conscious growth in this region of the county,” said Board Chairwoman Nicole Hendrickson. “This project harnesses the resources and capabilities of today in preparation for the opportunities of tomorrow.”

The Board of Commissioners awarded the $125 million contract for the design and construction of the Project to JDS Inc.

The project will be funded by the departments of Water Resources and Community Services, including revenue from the 2017 SPLOST, which will fund the trails component of the project.

“We’re careful stewards of our taxpayers’ dollars, and we need to be stewards of this wonderful land to ensure that generations to come have ample opportunities to enjoy it,” said District 3Commissioner Jasper Watkins. “The ERI project will ensure this beautiful land can continue to serve the needs of our growing population efficiently and effectively while making a positive impact on our entire region.”

The trail, called the Eastern Regional Greenway, will provide access to trail systems heading to Barrow County and beyond to the east. With its planned connectivity to the future Piedmont Pathway to the southwest, users will be able to access trail systems across the metro Atlanta region, some of which extend all the way into Alabama.

Learn more about the project at GwinnettERI.com.