Pleasant Hill Road and Ashford-Dunwoody have now joined to be the Diverging Diamond Interchange. This is the second highway of its kind in the state of Georgia, and it is expected to be a safer and more efficient route for cars. Traffic briefly shifts to the other side as it continues over the Pleasant Hill Bridge, which has been an adjustment. As given by Gwinnett DOT engineer Alan Chapman, “It’s not something people are used to, veering left as they cross a bridge, but that’s what they’ll need to do now, and they just need to take it slowly and pay attention to the signage and the traffic signals.”
The making of this bridge had been planned for five years, and cost nearly seven million dollars. Funds were drawn from state money, the Gwinnett Place Community Improvement District, and a local SPLOST fund.
“When we do focus groups and survey groups, and people say the number one challenge of the Gwinnett Place area is congestion on Pleasant Hill bridge,” said Joe Allen of the Gwinnett Place CID. “I think we’ll see significant improvement over time.”
The interchange opened earlier than scheduled on Sunday morning, and has now seen its first rush hour.
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