During a workshop meeting Monday night, city Public Works Director Pete Sewczwicz presented the department’s plans to enhance the street.
An important component of the plan included the addition of a mini roundabout at the intersection of Roswell Street and Old Roswell Street.
Sewczwicz said the roundabout would help slow traffic down and would put the department on the path to getting an “enforceable 25 mile-per-hour speed zone.”
Right now, the state’s department of transportation will only allow a 35 mph speed limit to be enforced in that area. An analysis shows that 85 percent of drivers are traveling at 36 to 38 mph along Roswell Street.
Sewczwicz also said a roundabout will encourage the use of the large public parking lot on the west side of Roswell Street and help out with pedestrian safety.
But some city council members were hesitant about the prospect of a roundabout.
Councilman Jim Gilvin said he doesn’t like the idea of a roundabout at all because there isn’t a problem at the intersection with accidents.
“It’s an expensive speed bump,” he said.
“I don’t like making people go through a roundabout just to make them go through a roundabout.”
The proposal also included plans to add parallel parking on the west side of Roswell Street between Milton Avenue and Old Roswell Street and to the east side of Canton Street between Milton Avenue and Old Canton Street. Street surfaces would also be re-striped.
Sewczwicz said without the roundabout, the project would still cost at least $80,000 to $100,000.
Staff was asked to examine ways of reducing the projected costs of the project and come back with the results.