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9/20/2013City Working Closely with Residents on Intersection Project

City staff engage in ongoing dialogue with homeowners near Mt. Vernon Rd. and Vermack Rd/Manhasset Drive to address overall project impact and intersection design plans

 

Dunwoody, GA  September 20, 2013 – The City of Dunwoody continues to meet with residents and community members to address questions and foster an open dialogue and discussion of the planned intersection improvement project at Mt. Vernon Rd. and Vermack Rd/Manhasset Drive. 

 

City staff along with several council members coordinated meetings with residents living adjacent to the planned intersection improvement project to help address questions and concerns.  The meetings provide an opportunity for the city and residents to walk the project site, discuss the anticipated boundaries and limits of the project and review information on specific project benefits.

 

The intersection improvement project, currently in the early stages of design, seeks to address a number of pedestrian and traffic congestion issues.  The continuing citizen engagement with local residents and area homeowners enables city staff to better understand the unique needs for the project’s success and encourages discourse on the future impact on public right of way and personal property.

 

The intersection, one of the primary east-west corridors in the City, has been identified in the City of Dunwoody’s Comprehensive Transportation Plan as a high priority project due to reduce congestion.  The current intersection is signalized, but lacks turn lanes, causing longer traffic queues and wait times.  It also remains inadequate in accommodating safe use by non-motorized users such as pedestrians and bicyclists.  Pedestrian and vehicle safety is of particular concern for the intersection since Mount Vernon Road and Vermack Road provide critical access to Dunwoody High School and Vanderlyn Elementary School.

 

With a goal of correcting the identified intersection deficiencies, city staff began a thorough information gathering process of speaking with nearby residents and community members in May of 2013.  By meeting first with a smaller focus group of residents, the city was able to pinpoint key areas of concern early on in the project planning stages.

 

These initial information and discussion meetings provided important project details and topic areas which were outlined and explained in the June 17 Public Information Open House meeting which was attended by more than 100 residents and community members.  The public meeting offered residents an opportunity to view viable intersection concepts and other project components and ask specific project design and impact questions of city staff and consultants.

 

The public meeting was essential to determine the best approach and solution for the intersection improvement project.  The public engagement provided an opportunity to hear and understand resident and community member feedback on the surrounding context and identify specific challenges or concerns with the intersection which assists in fine tuning potential approaches and solutions.

 

The city continues its commitment to maintain and improve its roads by investing over $2,000,000 in paving this year which is more than 40 percent of the city’s entire 2013 capital budget.  Since 2009, including this year’s investments, the city has spent more than $6,500,000 paving the city’s estimated 306 total lane miles of roads in Dunwoody.

 

Dunwoody has paved more than 50 lane miles of roads, fixed 1,100 potholes on city streets and laid or repaired more than 4 miles of city sidewalks all within the 13.2 total square miles of the city’s boundaries.  This has been accomplished in a relatively short timeframe with no tax increases and no need to borrow money.

 

Work continues on several critical sidewalk projects as part of the city’s sidewalk improvement plan created to provide an objective process to prioritize the city’s sidewalk projects.  The city has identified over 21 miles of future sidewalk improvements and 87 future ADA-compliant sidewalk ramps.  Since 2009, the City has invested nearly $1,000,000 on completing roughly 5.4 miles of new sidewalk infrastructure, making Dunwoody a safer, healthier, and more enjoyable community for all.

 

For more information on the City's Sidewalk Improvement Policy, including existing and proposed sidewalk maps, please visit the Dunwoody Sidewalk Improvement Plan page on the city’s website at

http://www.dunwoodyga.gov/Departments/Public_Works/Sidewalk_Improvement_Program .

 

The City of Dunwoody is committed to encouraging and facilitating active citizen engagement.  To keep up with everything going on in Dunwoody, you can sign up for email updates at https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/DUNWOODYGA/subscriber/new or check our website at http://www.dunwoodyga.gov .

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