Perry and Clayton Streets to flow in both directions, Commuters urged to drive safely
LAWRENCEVILLE - The City of Lawrenceville's much-anticipated two-way conversion of Perry Street and Clayton Street is set to begin the transition on July 9. As part of the city's Livable Communities Initiative, the conversion will allow for improved mobility, better visibility, and increased safety.
The changeover on Perry and Clayton Streets from Pike Street south to the merge will take place over several weeks beginning July 9 based on the amount of work accomplished by crews on the previous night. During the conversion, drivers are advised to be patient, cautious, informed and aware. All construction work and estimated timelines are weather permitting.
"The two-way conversion project represents an important step in the city's vision of moving Lawrenceville forward," said City of Lawrenceville City Manager Chuck Warbington. "The two-way streets will benefit all of those who live, work, play and visit Lawrenceville's downtown by providing increased connectivity, better navigation, and pedestrian safety. We are looking forward to having the project completed and ask for the public's patience during the conversion process."
The Atlanta Regional Commission's LCI program encourages local governments to create plans that link transportation improvements with land use development strategies to create mixed-use communities. The primary goals for downtown Lawrenceville include organizing the downtown study area into a series of character areas around the Courthouse Square, ensuring that walking within downtown is safe, convenient and enjoyable. It must also create a sense of place through quality architecture that responds to Historic Lawrenceville and is unique to the downtown area.
The City of Lawrenceville is currently undergoing a resurgence of growth and expansion that is infusing not only the City but also Greater Gwinnett, with regional economic impact, a solid core, and infrastructure to support and grow Metro Atlanta's most dynamic community. Other developments and improvements include the College Corridor, the cultural arts facility, the South Lawn project, the Lawrenceville Housing Authority project and the City View project.
As construction begins, please take note of the more detailed information below:
PUBLIC NOTICE: Please note Perry Street from Pike to Crogan Streets will be closed on Sunday, July 8, ALL day in prep for the two-way conversion work to begin that evening at 9 p.m.! For those attending the Flip-the-Switch party, please park behind the restaurants in the Pike/Culver Parking Lot or down Crogan St. (two blocks) in the FREE public parking deck!
Current projections are to begin the conversion process Sunday, July 8 at 9 p.m. so that the first section will be completed by Monday morning, July 9. The conversion will be completed in sections over the next two to three weeks starting at the Pike/Perry Street intersection heading down Perry to the merge and back up Clayton to Crogan Street. All conversions will take place at night so that each section will be "live" the next morning. Weather will dictate how many sections are done each night.
In addition, parking spaces on the Square from Pike to Crogan will be closed starting Sunday, July 8 at 7 a.m. and will remain closed on Monday, July 9. The spaces adjacent to the courthouse on that same stretch of road will remain indefinitely closed until the curb cuts can be installed to make the direction transition. The angled spaces currently in place can only handle one-way traffic; once the far lane starts going in the other direction, no one will be able to turn into those spaces at that angle. Construction crews will be changing the angle, but not until the entire two-way road conversion is complete, which will be 2-3 weeks from the start date of July 9.
To view the map of the new Perry Street and Clayton Street and to subscribe to receive text alerts on traffic conditions, visit: www.lawrencevillega.org/downtownconstruction. Proposed timelines for the project will be available on this site as the conversion process nears implementation.