Once the weather warms, the Johns Creek Public Works Department will kick off our second year of repaving the City’s neighborhood streets. This multi-year initiative is the fulfillment of a promise made when the City was formed in 2006. Quality neighborhood streets protect property values and improve everyone’s quality of life.
To speed the process, the City Council opted to allocate an additional $3.5 million from our reserves to the effort for a total of $5 million for 2016. The additional funds mean that as many as 26 neighborhoods can be repaved this year. We hope to begin repaving in April, weather permitting.
In 2015, which was our first year of repaving subdivision streets, crews resurfaced approximately 34 miles of streets in 34 subdivisions at a cost of about $5.8 million.
The list of subdivisions to be repaved is based on an analysis completed in 2011 when a consultant used a specially equipped vehicle to gauge pavement conditions. The survey revealed that many streets had a substandard Pavement Quality Index (PQI), which is a scale developed by the Corps of Engineers to measure cracking, potholes, rutting, weathering and other factors. Low PQI scores reflect poor condition of pavement. The lower the PQI score, the higher the priority when scheduling the repaving.
Neighborhood repaving is just one element of a multi-pronged effort to improve our streets and ease traffic congestion in the coming year. The plan includes intersection improvements, additional lanes, sidewalks, and strategies to maximize our roads’ capacities.
A roundabout being constructed at Crossington Drive and Sargent Road will provide more safety to residents along Sargent Road, which is serving as an increasingly overloaded commuter route. A new additional right turn lane on Jones Bridge Road onto McGinnis Ferry Road will allow for better flow of vehicles, and a merge lane on McGinnis Ferry Road will give them more time to ease into traffic. At Jones Bridge and State Bridge roads, a merge lane is being extended as well. All these projects are set for completion in the spring, as weather permits.
As part of our ongoing Intelligent Traffic System installation, crews will soon install cameras at key intersections on Abbotts Bridge, State Bridge, and McGinnis Ferry, and connect them by fiber optic cable to the Traffic Control Center at City Hall. Traffic engineers there can monitor traffic flow and change the timing of signals remotely to improve the flow of traffic through the city. They also plan to install more flashing yellow arrow signals to improve intersection safety.
We also have plans to add additional turn lanes, medians and sidewalks on Abbotts Bridge Road between Jones Bridge and Parsons roads, and extend turn lanes on Medlock Bridge at Hospital Parkway and Medlock Bridge Crossing. These improvements will pull traffic out of the through lanes, which will help move motorists more efficiently.
The City continues to plan for the future to accommodate for the growth in the adjacent cities, which will continue to impact our community. We’re teaming with Peachtree City on a study to improve the Medlock Bridge corridor; we are working with several neighboring governments to evaluate methods to restore Rogers Bridge over the Chattahoochee River; and we are in discussion with our fellow North Fulton cities to come up with a coordinated plan to address traffic. In 2016, we also will re-visit our 2030 Comprehensive Plan, which includes transportation.
Transportation is both an essential and sometimes frustrating part of our lives, and the City is working creatively and diligently to ensure our road network functions as smoothly as possible for the betterment of all.
Please continue to connect with us via Facebook and keep up on the latest with repaving and traffic improvements, visit the Neighborhood Repaving webpage
and the Traffic Improvements webpage
Mayor Mike Bodker