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Plans for Mansell road connectors announced
by James Swift
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August 06, 2014 01:01 PM | 1902 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Big Creek Parkway project began with a 2012 study evaluating a set of proposed east-west connections to Holcomb Bridge Road.

“At the conclusion of that study, we kind of had a preferred alignment in terms of mitigation and impacts,” said Roswell Department of Transportation representative Chris Chovan.

Phase one and two of the Big Creek Parkway project would create a new roadway north of SR 140 that extends eastward from SR 400 in between the Mansell Road and Holcomb Bridge Road interchanges. Design and environmental work for those phases, Chovan said, are underway.

Recently, Alpharetta-based consulting firm Gresham, Smith & Partners unveiled proposals for phases three and four of the project, which look at possible north-south connections to Big Creek.

“This project is all about connectivity and providing options for people to get around in Roswell,” said Jamie Cochran, Gresham’s senior vice president of transportation planning.

Additionally, she said either connector could serve as a stand-alone project independent of the Big Creek Parkway project.

“The phase three side is the east side of 400, that will connect somewhere between the Big Creek design they are working on today up to Mansell Road, near the North Point Parkway area,” Chovan said.

He said phase four is conceptually the same as phase three, but with Mansell Road connecting with either Duke Drive or Davis Drive on the west side of Ga. 400.

“As part of this project, The North Fulton CID actually made a contribution to match the federal money that we brought to the table,” Chovan said. “Alpharetta has not come to the table yet, but we didn’t really ask.”

He said Roswell and Alpharetta do, however, have partnership opportunities as the project progresses from planning to designs. “We’ll go and discuss that with them and we’ll see if they’re willing to bring some money to the table,” Chovan said.

Cochran said the phase three and four planning study will likely continue for a few more months.

“Sometime this fall we’ll come back with kind of a sum total of our analysis to brief the city council,” she said.

Chovan expects phase three and four alignment to be worked out by next spring. In terms of total project costs, he said many variables — such as federal funding — are still up in the air.

He said it is premature to discuss whether or not the project conflicts with the footprint of the proposed MARTA Connect 400 Transit Initiative. “We need to let them deduce where they’re going to go,” Chovan said. “If it takes them a year or two years, then we can just adjust as we move forward.”

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