At this point all of Nesbit Ferry Road is within Roswell city limits, but Johns Creek council has said they have gotten complaints about the intersection from their residents who travel Brumbelow Road and turn onto Nesbit Ferry, citing safety concerns.
Roswell Mayor Jere Wood, Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker, Roswell Councilwoman Betty Price and Johns Creek Councilman Ivan Figueroa met a few weeks ago to discuss the intersection. At this point no official offers or proposals have been made or agreed upon.
Initially, conversations were about a partnership to install a light at the intersection to relieve some safety concerns. Wood said that he is open to a partnership between the two cities not just for that intersection, but for the road itself.
“I am open to a partnership with Johns Creek, but a partnership needs to be across the board,” he said. “I would welcome a partnership but a partnership on not just the intersection, but the road.”
In an update to other Johns Creek councilmembers, Figueroa echoed the shared-road idea.
“In addition to moving the border so that we both have jurisdiction – and of course what comes with that is the requirement to maintain the road – [Roswell] would offer to pay for the half of the light at Nesbit Ferry and Brumbelow to the tune of $100,000.”
Roswell has completed a traffic warrant study on the intersection. Wood said he a traffic light is warranted but the question of priority compared to other Roswell traffic projects must be taken into account.
“The question is priority,” he said. “We do not have the money to do every project that is warranted.”
Figueroa also said he asked for Roswell to bring the road up to a certain standard before Johns Creek agreed to a proposal where it would inherit half of the road. Wood maintained his stance that the project “needs to be equal.”
The ball is in Johns Creek’s court at this point, and the councilmembers sent the ideas to their staff for further analysis.
Johns Creek Councilwoman Karen Richardson said she did not see the advantage of inheriting additional road.
“I am unconvinced,” she said after the conversation sprung to include other possibilities along the north right-of-way on Nesbit Ferry. “Nothing has convinced me that it makes sense to take on a road or a portion of the road … We really don’t have anything in front of us that tells us this makes sense except speculation.”