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Milton mayor touts roundabouts
by Nicole Dow
April 03, 2013 10:43 AM | 1506 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Milton High School Parent Teacher Student Association’s “Coffee with the Mayor” program last week gave concerned residents the chance to ask Mayor Joe Lockwood and city staff members about ongoing projects in the city.

Talk of parks and public works projects took up a great deal of the informal question-and-answer session.

Lockwood said though Milton inherited a bad system of roads from Fulton County, the city’s public works department has been knocking out more projects each year than expected. Two projects currently in development are roundabouts at the intersection of Hopewell, Francis and Cogburn roads and at the intersection of Birmingham Highway, Providence Road and New Providence Road.

Public Works Director Carter Lucas said the city has secured right-of-way acquisition for the project at Hopewell, Francis and Cogburn roads. Plans for the roundabout at Birmingham Highway and Providence and New Providence roads have been sent to the Georgia Department of Transportation. That project could take about 18 months for completion, depending on utility relocation, he said.

Lucas, who was on hand during the program to answer public inquiries along with other city department heads, said roundabouts can provide for much safer intersections.

“They’ve become a lot more efficient,” Lucas said.

City residents will get future opportunities to voice their opinions on plans for Bell Memorial Park. Lockwood said the city recently purchased an additional 14 acres to expand the park.

Parks and Recreation Director Jim Cregge said a design team was brought on board two weeks ago.

“We want to make this more than just a baseball park,” he said.

A final design for the additional acres has not yet been developed, but there are ideas for adding a walking trail and expanding active sports at the park.

Cregge said the parks and recreation department will be holding stakeholder meetings and community involvement meetings to get feedback from residents.

Last month, the city held a public meeting regarding plans for a one-acre pocket park at Deerfield Highway and Webb Road.

“It looks like what the citizens want is a veterans’ memorial-themed park that has a trail through it with some outdoor exercise stations,” Cregge said.

He hopes to bring finalized plans before the city council in May and have the park completed by the end of October.
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