Diverging diamond interchange mulled for Pleasant Hill/I-85

By Camie Young
Gwinnett Daily Post

DULUTH — For a way to clear congestion on two of Gwinnett’s most clogged bridges, drivers may have to move to the wrong side of the road.

Community improvement districts for Gwinnett Place and Gwinnett Village are spearheading studies to create diverging diamond interchanges for Interstate 85 at Pleasant Hill Road and Jimmy Carter Boulevard.

“This is out-of-the-box thinking,” said Joe Allen, the executive director of the Gwinnett Place district, where area business owners banded together to tax themselves and form a quasi-governmental entity. “This is a brand new concept for the interstates in Georgia.”

In fact, the idea, which began in Europe, is new to the United States. There is only one such interchange open so far, in Springfield, Mo. Allen, who visited the site with a junket of transportation and CID officials, said the community there is very similar to the Gwinnett Place area: a suburban business district with lots of traffic issues. And, he added, the interchange is working beautifully.

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