Residents and business owners can comment up to Oct. 10 on a new south Fulton comprehensive transportation plan, set to be finalized by December.
The plan, which involves roadway improvement, trails, bicycle paths and public transit, covers Chattahoochee Hills, College Park, Palmetto, East Point, Fairburn, Hapeville and Union City.
Fulton County Senior Transportation Manager Tim Preece and Assistant Director of Transportation Antonio Valenzuela last week gave talks on proposed projects and explained the ideas behind the plan.
Its main goals are to improve safety and mobility, Valenzuela said, and promote economic vitality and sustainable growth.
“The plan is a guiding document for transportation improvements in the cities and county and it is amendable depending on the feedback we receive from residents,” he said, asking attendees to submit questions, concerns and suggestions on forms.
“In the next two weeks after these meetings, we will read all of these forms and take into consideration the changes and improvements residents want to see.”
The form is available on the plan website.
The plan prioritizes transportation projects by short-term, which is a project taking one to five years to complete; mid-term, 10 years; and long-term, 20 or more years.
Valenzuela said deciding what project would be classified short-, mid- and long-term depended on factors like how quickly projects can be finished and what funding is available.
According to a document on the plan’s website, federal and state gasoline taxes provide at least $1 billion annually for metro Atlanta transportation projects.
“We also looked at areas with a high number of traffic accidents or crashes and made it a priority to change those first,” Preece said.
On the county’s list of top 10 south Fulton crash sites, Old National Highway and Flat Shoals Road is No. 1, with 104 wrecks from 2009 to 2011.
It is on the short-term list for a $1 million intersection makeover.
Other issues expressed by many of the 40 attendees Thursday at the Southwest Arts Center included road widening, MARTA and traffic at a new Walmart on Cascade Road
“I have concerns about the proposed widening of Cascade Road and other roads in the area as well as the synchronization of the ITS and I want to know of other viable solutions,” south Fulton native Vangie Watkins said about Intelligent Transportation Systems, which controls traffic signals.
Cascade Road is on the mid-term list for a $7.7 million widening project between Fairburn Road and I-285 and the short-term list for a $16 million intersection improvement at I-285.
Valenzuela and Preece said the plan includes different suggestions for ongoing traffic issues like using roundabouts and a “diverging diamond intersection” like the one on Ashford Dunwoody Road in DeKalb County.
Both speakers also encouraged citizens to attend today’s county board of commissioners’ meeting to make certain their concerns were heard.
On the web: www.southfultonctp.org