GRAYSON, Ga. - A busy Grayson intersection is set to get a much needed makeover.
Last month, county commissioners approved the $1.9 million improvements for Rosebud Road at Grayson Highway. It's a project some say wouldn't be possible without teamwork. It's a rare case of two governments coming together, to improve an intersection that needs help.
It's an intersection that moves thousands of school children and a lot of frustrated drivers. There's one big thing missing from the Grayson intersection of Rosebud Road and State Route-84....turn lanes.
"It's very busy at certain times of the day, where you can't even drive near it. You have to avoid it or you'll be waiting in line forever," says Madge Hendrix, of Grayson.
Some drivers avoid the crossroads all together, but nearly 20,000 still move through it, including dozens of school buses for several nearby schools. "On Rosebud Road, both approaches are missing a left turn lane so just one left turner really backs up all of the traffic," explains Gwinnett County DOT Director, Alan Chapman.
"You catch here about 5 o'clock and you're going to sit through it 4-5 times. We need the turn lanes we need the turn lights, so this is really our dream project," says Grayson Mayor Allison Wilkerson.
And that dream project is thanks to taxpayers who live in both Grayson and Gwinnett County. "It was the perfect situation for the city, the county and the school board to all be able to work together," adds Wilkerson.
In 2013, the county collaborated with each Gwinnett city, to come up with a joint project list for voters to approve. Now some of the work is getting started. "Oh, I'm so glad. It's about time," Madge says.
"It's an example of how much easier it is to get something done if we're all pulling in the same direction," states Charlotte Nash, the Chairman, Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners.
There are joint projects for each of the 16 cities in Gwinnett County. The 2014 SPLOST will collect $250 million for transportation projects alone.