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Official suggests alternative design for Dunwoody Village Parkway
by Nicole Dow
November 28, 2012 07:51 AM | 2955 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In an attempt to address the concerns of Dunwoody citizens in the city’s plan to revamp Dunwoody Village Parkway, Bill Grant, vice-chair of the Design Review Advisory Committee, has come up with an alternative design.

The city’s proposed $2.4 million project included eliminating the parkway’s median, reducing lanes from four to two, creating sidewalks and bike paths and planting trees along the sides.

In Grant’s plan, the median and the trees in it would remain — to the relief of concerned residents.

“We have saved every single significant tree on the parkway, either in the median or on the edges,” Grant said of his plan during the committee’s Nov. 16 meeting.

The plan mirrors the city’s in the reduction of the travel lanes and the creation of sidewalks and bike paths.

However, at three areas, the bike path would be eliminated to make room for turning lanes, he said.

“The drawbacks to the plan, quite frankly, are: one, it will cost more and two, it will delay the process for a year because it’s going to have to go back to the state and be re-permitted,” Grant said.

With his plan, the city would have to purchase more right-of-way, but he did not know how much or the estimated cost.

The advisory committee decided to discuss the plans with city officials to get their evaluation and input.

Committee member Alan Mothner said he would need more details about Grant’s plan, including estimated cost, before voting on which design to recommend to city council. Committee member Beverly Wingate inquired whether the time delay with a new design would affect the grant money for the project.

Dunwoody Public Works Director Michael Smith echoed those concerns.

“Going back and changing the geometry and changing the right-of-way, I’m concerned that it jeopardizes the project’s standing with GDOT in general because we’ve been going for so long,” Smith said.

He added the city is already behind the timeline of when GDOT would expect construction to begin.

What's next?:
The advisory committee will present Bill Grant’s proposed design for Dunwoody Village Parkway to city council and staff for evaluation and input.
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