Improving traffic tops priority for city leaders
By Staff Reports
Peachtree Corners – Since incorporating 3 ½ years ago, Gwinnett County’s newest city has seen construction on commercial and residential building increase dramatically.
Among the new developments is the city’s new 20-acre Town Center due to open in the fall of 2017.
There’s no doubt that business is booming in this city by the river. But along with economic growth comes an increase in traffic. That fact has not been lost to city leaders who are making efforts to plan ahead for the city’s growth.
“Traffic was already a problem when the city was formed,” said Mayor Mike Mason. “Now that we are a city, we wanted to develop a long-range plan to address the issues. Just last week we launched a Comprehensive Transpor- tation Plan. The plan will provide the city with a road map that we will use for the next 20 years to ensure that we are meeting the community’s future traffic needs.
“And in the near future we will be asking for public input by holding town halls, open houses and online surveys,” the mayor added.
The plan will include current traffic and safety issues as well as planning for future capacity and safety improvements. The study is expected to be complete by the end of the year.
Other traffic problems the city is currently addressing include:
•Working with Gwinnett County to widen Peachtree Parkway southbound between Holcomb Bridge Road and the on ramp to Peachtree Industrial Boulevard. This project should be under construction by this summer.
•Evaluating a roundabout for Peachtree Corners Circle at Medlock Bridge Road to improve safety at this busy intersection.
•Working with Gwinnett County on plans to widen Spalding Drive at Crooked Creek.
•Studying innovative solutions for Peachtree Parkway intersections at Spalding Drive, Peachtree Corners Circle, Forum Drive and Medlock Bridge Road.
•Analyzing traffic and making recommendations for future improvements along Spalding Drive, Winters Chapel Road and Peachtree Corners Circle.
•Partnering with the City of Johns Creek to determine future project needs for capacity and intersection improvements to increase safety and reduce congestion.
As Peachtree Corners continues to grow and prosper, city leaders will work to find innovative solutions that will have positive impacts on current and future traffic patterns.