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Ask Your Neighbor: Is there a new sidewalk being built at Harris and Rucker roads?
by Nicole Dow
March 06, 2013 01:03 PM | 2313 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
You asked: What’s the deal with the patch of sidewalk at the corner of Harris and Rucker roads in Alpharetta? Is it the shortest sidewalk of all time or part of a larger project?

We answered: A larger project is in the planning stages but the small patch of sidewalk and repainting of the crosswalk will be the extent of the immediate activity out there. The “sidewalk” is actually just a spot for pedestrians to stand on as they wait to cross the road.

James Drinkard, assistant city administrator for the city of Alpharetta, said citizens contacted the city requesting legitimate crosswalks at that intersection. “So we … put in pedestrian signals and then as part of a crosswalk, we’ll always put in [those sidewalk patches] and that’s basically where someone would stand if they walked up and activated the signal and they’re waiting to be able to cross,” he said. “We’ve given them essentially a staging pad.”

Though that is the only project for the immediate future, a larger project for the Rucker Road corridor is in the works, Drinkard said. There are areas out there that have been in need of sidewalks for years, he added.

“We actually just finished holding a series of three public design meetings where we went out to the public and were talking to them about what they want that corridor to be … what kind of sidewalks they want, how many lanes should the road be, what should it look like, how should it act, what do they want the intersections to look like, do they want bike paths or not, just the whole gambit,” he said.

Drinkard said the city should have design concepts drawn up to present to the public in late April. Based on what design concepts are finalized, the city will decide what will get built in what order and how long it will take, he said.

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