At its regular meeting Tuesday at City Hall, the Sandy Springs City Council voted 6-0 to approve a pact allowing state transportation authorities to assume caretaker duties of the bridge. Under the agreement, the Georgia Department of Transportation will take over maintenance of and widen lanes on the bridge.
City officials touted the move for its positive implications.
“This is the first step we had to take … to allow GDOT to replace that bridge,” said District 4 Councilman Gabriel Sterling. “Now they can update and enhance the bridge, make it safer and move traffic better.”
The heavily traveled bridge, built in 1968, has been cited for its potentially troublesome features, including poor traffic conditions across the structure, with contributing factors including narrow lane widths. Also, very few pedestrian facilities are provided within the area of the bridge, according to a report by the State Road and Tollway Authority.
In other business, the council facilitated the resolution of a key zoning issue that paves the way for the development of 63 townhomes on Glenridge Drive.
The city’s governing body brokered a compromise between developer Pulte Homes and the Glenforest neighborhood.
The deal will result in the rezoning of the property, located on the 5700 and 5800 blocks of Glenridge Drive, from a single-family dwelling district to a townhouse residential district.
“It’s a good compromise,” said Sterling. “There will be more upgrades that the neighborhood wanted to see and, frankly, council wanted to see.
“We want to protect the values of our neighborhoods moving forward.”
Prior to last week’s regular meeting, council members again sought to hash out the city’s fiscal 2014 budget as part of their workshop series.
The council tentatively adopted a $87.9 million budget for the coming year, with no plans for a tax increase. Of the final total, about $22.5 million has been earmarked for capital improvement projects.
The first public hearing on the new budget is scheduled for June 4, with the last such hearing and final adoption two weeks later.