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Interchange at Ga. 400, Mansell Road to get facelift
by Rachel Kellogg
January 08, 2014 02:07 PM | 2308 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Ga. 400 and Mansell Road interchange is scheduled for a landscaping makeover thanks to a partnership between the city of Alpharetta and the North Fulton Community Improvement District.

The city council voted Monday to approve the partnership and the funds associated with maintaining the landscaping at the Mansell Road exit and three other Ga. 400 interchanges.

“We’re looking at improving all the landscape projects that the city and the CID have installed over the last couple of years,” said Public Works Director Pete Sewczwicz. “Part of the project consists of replanting on Mansell Road. If you drive down Mansell Road, you’ll notice it’s not up to par with the other interchanges that we have.”

The district had intended to meet this week to vote on the agreement, but their board meeting has been postponed until next month.

State Sen. Brandon Beach, executive director of the district and president and CEO of the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce, said considering the investments the district has made for the landscaping projects, he wants to see them continue to be maintained.

“We just look at this as a great partnership. It helps us as we’re recruiting companies,” he said. “When they see our exits, it sends a message that they’ve arrived to a very special place. So we want to make sure they’re maintained, and we’re happy about this partnership.”

Beach said the agreement would’ve been approved this week if the district’s meeting had not been canceled. In addition to the work being done on Mansell Road, which will cost the city $39,722, Haynes Bridge Road, Westside Parkway and Old Milton Parkway will also be maintained in the agreement.

The partnership says the district will pay half the costs of maintenance.

The city’s total cost for the next 39 months will be $441,362, which, according to Sewczwicz, is available in the city’s capital account.

Council voted unanimously to approve the agreement and the contractor Russell Landscape.

Councilman Chris Owens says he appreciates the work the CID has put into improving the interchanges.

“It made a drastic difference in the appearance of Alpharetta as you [travel] on Ga. 400,” he said.

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