Public interest on how to alleviate traffic on Ashford-Dunwoody Road was evident at recent stakeholder open houses where residents wrote directly on a map what they would like to see.
Chris Sheehan, who is tired of being stuck in traffic going north on Ashford-Dunwoody Road in the morning and south on the road in the evening, has two words to relieve traffic congestion – widen it.
“I want it to be like Roswell Road in Roswell,” he said at a March 23 open house at St. Martin’s Episcopal School.
But for Juanette Willis, who has lived in Brookhaven since 2002, syncing the timing of traffic lights would be a great help. The
“We’ve had meetings similar to this in the past … and I have great hopes,” she said.
More than 100 people showed up over two days — March 21 and March 23 — to look over maps of Ashford-Dunwoody Road and identify key issues and potential solutions they would like to see.
“We’ve had terrific turnout and people are really digging in and giving specific input,” said Brookhaven District 1 Council member Linley Jones. Ashford-Dunwoody Road runs through her district.
In 2012, the state’s first diverging diamond intersection opened at Ashford-Dunwoody Road and I-285, a project initiated by the Perimeter Community Improvement Districts. The project cost $4.6 million and redirects traffic on Ashford-Dunwoody Road as it crosses the bridge over I-285 and has reduced congestion.
“I love the diverging diamond,” Willis said. But traffic continues to back up from the Perimeter onto Ashford-Dunwoody Road and there is not adequate road to handle the traffic – leading to angry drivers on the road, Willis said.
A major north-south route through Brookhaven, Ashford-Dunwoody Road is a largely two-lane road often overwhelmed by traffic from the hotels, schools and parks that it serves.
Last year, the Brookhaven City Council approved paying Gresham, Smith and Partners $125,050 to come up with a “corridor vision” for Ashford-Dunwoody Road.
Besides an overall vision, the process will include sub-studies of the road’s three main sections: the Peachtree Road intersection, the Johnson Ferry Road intersection, and the Perimeter area. The plan will identify potential funding sources for improvements and suggestion for phasing any work.
A community charrette is planned for mid-2016 and plans are to have recommendations by the end of the year.
“As part of the recommendations, the project team will develop potential roadway cross-sections at key locations along Ashford-Dunwoody Road. The recommendations will address the movement of vehicles, bicycles, pedestrians, and transit service through the corridor.”
Jones said the improvements to the corridor should include beautification and pedestrian safety along with traffic relief.
“Many of our communities are across the street from our parks,” Jones said.
“This is an amazing road and there is so much potential for it to be a great artery through our city,” she said.