Gwinnett County is the center of a wheel, with spokes connecting its businesses to transportation options throughout the Southeast. It is this excellent transportation network that is the foundation for Gwinnett’s thriving business environment.
Gwinnett County’s Transportation Capital Improvement Program allots $301.6 million for the years 2011-2016 for community transportation projects. This enables Gwinnett County’s Capital Improvement Program budget to implement numerous projects which both enhance the commuting experience and provide businesses the means to move their goods anywhere in the world.
Gwinnett’s road system is well maintained and continually upgraded, with future plans calling for several major connectors, including an intra-county loop highway. Gwinnett County will also soon see the completion of a diverging diamond interchange (DDI), an innovative solution for improving traffic congestion at the busy intersection of I-85 and Jimmy Carter Boulevard.
Express Lanes span 16 miles of I-85, positioned partially in Gwinnett County. The limited-access lanes, designed to provide motorists uncongested driving even during peak travel times, utilize High Occupancy Tolls (HOT), requiring vehicles to have Peach Pass registration to be in the lane legally.
Norfolk Southern and CSX Transportation provide Gwinnett County with rail connections to North America and together operate more than 100 trains daily from the Atlanta area to points throughout the Eastern Seaboard.
The interstate highways offer direct access to the port cities of Savannah and Brunswick, GA providing deepwater ports equipped to handle any business shipping need.
More than 80 percent of the continental U.S. population is within a two-hour flight of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, which provides direct service to more than 150 American cities and 75 foreign destinations in 52 countries on most major airlines. It has also become a leading air cargo center, with more than 659,000 metric tons of cargo handled in 2010.
While Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is a short 40 miles from Gwinnett, one of Georgia’s five busiest airports operates within the county.
Briscoe Field, at Gwinnett County Airport, offers a single 6,021-foot-long by 100-foot-wide runway, an instrument landing system, and a fully-equipped control tower (staffed from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.) to handle general aviation and corporate jet traffic. Two fixed base operators provide a full range of aviation-related services.
The Gwinnett Transit System provides alternative transportation with luxurious buses while reducing traffic on the county’s roadways. Six express bus routes currently operate from park-and-ride lots located in key areas of the county into downtown Atlanta, while another five routes connect neighborhoods and business centers within Gwinnett County.