Public Works Director Tom Black said at the council’s work session Monday that he hopes the study would generate at least three different concepts to create better connectivity between Old Alabama and State Bridge roads and decrease the traffic build-up on Medlock Bridge Road.
Black explained the traffic problem is especially bad in the morning with large volumes of cars travelling to Johns Creek High School and State Bridge Crossing Elementary School.
“No one seems to ride the school bus much,” he said.
Councilwoman Karen Richardson expressed her support of better connectivity in Johns Creek. City Manager John Kachmar echoed the sentiment.
“This is the kind of planning we should be doing,” Kachmar said. “If we can make traffic better — especially on Medlock, State and Old Alabama — we’re doing something very positive.”
Black said the public works department would first hold a public hearing to discuss residents’ concerns, next develop at least three concepts and then hold another public hearing to share the potential projects.
“Once we come to a concept we feel is best suited, that’s when we’ll come back to [city council],” Black said.
He added he would hope to complete the process within the next year. The study would review how the potential roadway projects could impact the environment and surrounding properties, Black said.
The estimated cost of the feasibility study is $250,000 with the city required to contribute $50,000. The city’s 2013 budget included $20,000 in local funds and $100,000 in federal money for the study. City councilmembers will vote at their next meeting for a budget adjustment to add an additional $30,000 in local funds and $100,000 in federal dollars to the project.
Johns Creek city councilmembers will vote at their March 11 council meeting to make adjustments to the 2013 budget to fund a study for alternate connectivity between Old Alabama and State Bridge roads.