Johns Creek Public Works Director Tom Black told city councilmembers at their work session meeting last week he has been working on a project framework agreement with the Georgia Department of Transportation for the city to accept $613,200 in federal funds for the project.
The city council will consider approving the agreement at Monday’s council meeting.
The plans include creating an additional southbound lane from State Bridge Road to Old Alabama Road and improving the turn radius for vehicles going to the shopping center entrance south of State Bridge Road where Waffle House sits on the corner.
“The radius is real sharp,” Black said. “It’s real narrow. It’s very difficult to get in there. We’re trying to figure out how we can make it a better radius in there for better access, for economic development reasons if nothing else beyond the safety [aspect].”
For northbound travelers, the project will extend the left turn lane onto Medlock Crossing Parkway.
“We’re trying to extend that left turn lane back to almost double that storage for the left turn, because it fills up now and backs up into the northbound lane … and blocks up the traffic,” Black said.
Another reason to extend the left turn lane is to provide relief at the Medlock Bridge and State Bridge intersection by encouraging motorists wanting to travel west on State Bridge to turn at Medlock Crossing Parkway instead.
Black said GDOT will allow Johns Creek to control the design work for the project and then reimburse the city.
He told councilmembers the best case scenario would be to have the design work completed in 90 days. GDOT will handle the construction portion of the project and cover all those associated costs, he said.
The Johns Creek City Council will consider approving a project framework agreement with GDOT for road improvements on Medlock Bridge Road at its meeting Monday.