Plans for sidewalks and other pedestrian-friendly features, such as streetlights and benches, are in the concept development phase, said Sara Leaders, transportation engineer for the city.
The improvements will go up Mayfield Road at the intersection of Birmingham Highway and Broadwell Road to the future site of the Milton library at Charlotte Drive.
Residents can view the plans online at www.miltonintersectionprojects.com/crabapple-streetscape and voice their opinions in a survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/crabapple-streetscape.
“Everything I’ve seen has supported the project,” Leaders said last week about the feedback from the public.
She said the Georgia Department of Transportation will cover $500,000 for construction costs, while the city will have to pay about 20 percent of the overall project, covering the costs for the design and acquiring easements or right-of-way, if needed.
Leaders anticipates getting approval of the concept from GDOT by March or April.
“We hope to be under construction by the summer of 2015,” she said.
Future phases of the streetscape project will include improvements to Charlotte Drive and Mid Broadwell Road.
Leaders said those improvements were initially looked at along with the Mayfield Road project but funding was fairly limited.
Issues with funding has also altered plans to widen Arnold Mill Road — also known as State Route 140.
“We spoke with the Georgia Department of Transportation, and the federal funding for that particular project is not moving forward right now,” said Michele McIntosh-Ross, principal planner for the city.
“So we have to push that prospect of a widening way out. It’s no longer imminent. What the city will do is look at areas at intersections to do some intersection improvements along the roadway.”
She said plans have not been drawn up yet but an initial draft should be made public sometime after the holidays.