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City of Sugar Hill Implements New Road Safety Improvements at Old Suwanee Rd.

Sugar Hill, GA – June 6, 2024 – The City of Sugar Hill and Gwinnett County have announced new safety improvements at the intersection of Old Suwanee Rd. / Old Atlanta HWY and Cheeley Dr. in Sugar Hill. This heavily traveled collector road, currently only stop-controlled for the side streets, has seen numerous “close call accidents” over the years.

“This unsignalized intersection has historically been defined by its awkward geometry, said Assistant City Manager, Troy Besseche, P.E. North Price Rd. and Cheeley Dr. have compromised sight distances, making this a good candidate for an all-way stop as an interim form of traffic control. Future transportation plans may include signalization or a mini roundabout to reduce conflicts and further improve safety.”

Intersection of Old Suwanee Rd. / Old Atlanta HWY and Cheeley Dr. in Sugar Hill

The City of Sugar Hill conducted a review of traffic conditions, intersection geometry, and accident data. This project, a collaboration between the city and Gwinnett County, proposes a multi-way stop to allow for safer westbound left turns from Cheeley Dr. as well as safer eastbound left-turns from North Price. Safety improvements are set to begin the week of June 10, with significant enhancements planned over the next few years using Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) funds designated for transportation projects.

“Lanier students and teachers will no doubt be some of the key beneficiaries of these improvements, said Mayor Brandon Hembree. One former Lanier High School student and current city employee, Chase Rehak said, ‘It gives me peace of mind to know there aren’t going to be vehicles entering the intersection without stopping as I travel that road.’”

Travelers in the area should expect delays in the coming weeks as major safety improvements begin. Message boards have been placed at the location, encouraging drivers to slow down and informing them of the upcoming changes.

For more information on new road safety improvements visit the city’s website,

About Sugar Hill

Incorporated in 1939, the City of Sugar Hill is a northern suburb of metro Atlanta and the fourth largest city in Gwinnett County. What began as “the hill where the sugar spilled” is now a thriving live/work/play city where residents and visitors enjoy “the sweet life.”

Its downtown entertainment district is home to The Bowl outdoor amphitheater, the Eagle Theatre, the mixed-use E Center, restaurants, boutiques, luxury apartment homes, Skyview on Broad townhomes, the Sugar Hill Art Gallery and History Museum, City Hall, Cornerstone Park, and the city’s beautiful Veterans Memorial. To learn more about Sugar Hill, visit

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