3/26/2014March 27 - Dunwoody Construction Update
BROOK RUN TRAIL AND MAIN STREET PROJECT
HIGHLIGHT DUNWOODY CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES
Dunwoody, GA March 27, 2014 – The City of Dunwoody is currently engaged in several beneficial and exciting infrastructure projects in different phases of active development and construction.
Brook Run Trail
The latest segment of the Brook Run Park multi-use trail is taking shape and, weather permitting, the city anticipates construction crews will complete the 1.3 mile addition to the multi-use trail at Brook Run Park by this summer.
For the past several weeks crews have been pouring concrete for the trail and will soon finish the trail segment directly adjacent to the Brook Run Park playground area. The multi-use trail addition began construction activities in the late winter starting with the area around the Brook Run Park playground to help diminish overall trail construction impacts within one of the most heavily trafficked areas of the 102-acre park.
Crews are in the process of completing clearing activities for the remainder of the trail. The city and its arborist have carefully planned and placed the trail’s centerline to help reduce the overall number of impacted trees. The next steps in the construction process consist of the installation of erosion control and tree protection fencing around the remaining trail construction boundaries throughout the trail route.
City inspectors continue close monitoring of all construction activity and work to ensure compliance with the erosion and sediment control plan established for the project. The plan strictly adheres to all Georgia Environmental Protection Division requirements regarding erosion and sediment control.
The latest phase of the 12-foot wide multi-use trail will help open access to areas of the park which often are not frequented by park visitors. The new trail section also will connect with the existing 0.7 mile trail to create a two mile, 12-foot wide concrete multi-use trail loop within Brook Run Park. Similar to the first section of trail, decorative benches and waste/recycling receptacles will be installed along the trail route for beautification and convenience. As future phases are completed in the coming years, the Dunwoody Trailway multi-use trail will run from Brook Run Park to Chamblee Dunwoody Road and will cover 3.3 total miles.
Dunwoody Village Main Street Project
In spite of frequent rain throughout the winter and two weeks of snow and ice challenges, construction crews continue to make progress on the Dunwoody Village Main Street project.
Most recently, crews have shifted traffic to the north side of the parkway to construct new storm water drains along the south side of the thoroughfare. Once the storm drain and utility work is complete, curbing and driveway entrances will be built followed by paving work on the south side. After completion of the south side construction work, crews will begin work on the north side of the parkway, shifting traffic to the south side.
The timing of the traffic signals at either end of the parkway (at both Chamblee Dunwoody Road and at Mount Vernon Road) has been adjusted to fixed cycles until the construction is completed. Once work at these intersections is complete the signals will be re-set to operate via the inductive-loop traffic detector sensors typically installed at signalized intersections.
The shops, restaurants, and businesses located in the Village Parkway area will remain accessible throughout construction.
The city has worked closely with the businesses in Dunwoody Village and continues to conduct proactive outreach and communication on the project. Main Street project information materials, including a store front project poster and point of sale flyers to display adjacent to registers, are available free of charge for Village businesses by contacting Bob Mullen at 678-382-6881 or email@example.com .
For additional information regarding the Main Street project please contact Michael Smith, Public Works Director, at 678-382-6850 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Considerable progress has been made on the main pavilion area at the new Georgetown Park. The central park square, pavilion area, children’s playground, and the adjacent bathroom facilities are all receiving final touches through painting, landscaping or beautification efforts. Numerous trees, flowering shrubs, and water-saving grasses have been installed and new amenities, including new decorative street lights, benches, and garbage receptacles, are being put in place.
Decorative brick work on the fountain and the sidewalk and road are nearing completion as are the bocce ball courts off the Georgetown Park pavilion area.
The city expects to remove the protective fencing soon from the periphery of the new children’s playground area and anticipates both sections of the new park to be available for community-wide use before June.
Chamblee Dunwoody Rd. and Spalding Dr. Intersection Improvement
The intersection at Spalding Drive Chamblee-Dunwoody/Spender Trace/Spalding Club Drive has been identified in the City of Dunwoody’s Comprehensive Transportation Plan as a high priority project to improve safety.
The current intersection provides a junction of five roadway legs and lacks adequate turn lanes, visibility, sight distance, and way finding.
A brief presentation highlighting the project background, viable intersection concepts, and other project components was provided to more than 80 residents and community members at the Tuesday, February 25, 2014 public meeting. Attendees also had the opportunity to ask questions and review the various concept displays.
While many design aspects of this project have already been explored, the project is in early design stages when modifications can easily be applied. Public Works staff are reviewing comments and feedback from attendees and working with staff from the City of Sandy Springs on the most beneficial approach to correct deficiencies and improve the safety and operations of the intersection.
Dialogue between the city and the public is critical to determine the best solution for this project. To provide input on the project concepts please download the comment form or visit the project page on the city’s website at http://www.dunwoodyga.gov/Departments/Public_Works/ChambleeDunwoodySpalding.aspx, or contact the City of Dunwoody at 678-382-6700.
Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Peeler and Shallowford Road:
In 2011, the City of Dunwoody adopted a Georgetown/North Shallowford Area Master Plan to guide future development and transportation improvements in the study area. The plan recommended bicycle, pedestrian and streetscape improvements along the Chamblee Dunwoody corridor between Cotillion Drive and Independence Square.
Drawing on the direction of the Master Plan, the city issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for professional engineering and related services for Chamblee-Dunwoody Road multi-modal improvements from Cotillion Drive to Peeler Road and improvements to the intersection of Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, North Shallowford Road, and Peeler Road. The purpose of the project is to implement improvements that are consistent with the community consensus gained through the planning process. Specifically, the project will help enhance the area’s appearance as a gateway to the City and encourage greater walkability.
The corridor currently lacks sidewalks on the east side of Chamblee Dunwoody Road and is challenging for pedestrians to navigate safely.
The intersection where Chamblee Dunwoody Road intersects with Peeler Road and North Shallowford Road has been identified as a high priority project in the City’s Comprehensive Transportation Plan. The City seeks to improve operations and safety for vehicles and pedestrians at this intersection and potentially explore aesthetic treatments for signal and utility relocation in the area. Traffic analysis indicated that the intersection currently operates at a failing Level of Service in the AM and PM peak periods.
A firm will be recommended to the City Council in April and after a final selection is made, the consultant will conduct initial data gathering, begin developing concepts and gathering public input later this year.
The final segment of sidewalk on Valley View Drive is now complete. The City’s sidewalk improvement plan, created to provide an objective process to prioritize the City’s sidewalk projects, also includes future sidewalk construction along Dunwoody Park, Hensley Drive, Mount Vernon Way, Peachford Road, and Roberts Drive.
Kingsley Safe Routes to School Improvement Project
The Georgia Department of Transportation crews working on the project completed the new curbing along Dartford Drive from Tilly Mill Road to Brendon Drive. Crews poured the concrete sidewalk on Brendon Drive between Seaton and Dartford and part of the way up Dartford towards Tilly Mill.
Crews will continue to pour the sidewalks along Brendon Drive from Dartford to N. Peachtree Road. Raised crosswalks will be installed across:
- N. Peachtree Road at Davantry Drive
- N. Peachtree Road at Brendon Drive
- Brendon Drive at Brendon Court
- Dartford Drive at Brendon Drive
This project will improve the safety for children walking to Kingsley Charter Elementary School. The $330,000 in improvements will be 100 percent federally funded through the Safe Routes to School program. The design and construction is being managed by the Georgia Department of Transportation.
The final segment of sidewalk on Valley View Drive is now complete. The City’s sidewalk improvement plan, created to provide an objective process to prioritize the City’s sidewalk projects, also includes future sidewalk construction along Dunwoody Park, Hensley Drive, Mount Vernon Way, Peachford Road, and Roberts Drive. .