A proposed resolution for motorists at one busy intersection touched off dialogue about it and the city’s other hotspot traffic patterns. The discussion came on a rainy night when rush hour traffic was even more challenging than the norm, slowing to a crawl along Roswell Road and its arteries for nearly two hours.
Department of Public Works officials are examining the prospects of implementing a high-tech traffic signal at Johnson Ferry and Wright roads.
“I’ve lived with this intersection and the thousand emails that go with it for two and a half years,” said outgoing District 3 Councilman Chip Collins. “We fended folks off for a long time by telling them … I was hoping for a little more closure to this before [leaving office].”
A final decision on the matter is expected to be rendered by the end of February, with ensuing construction in the spring.
“In my own professional opinion, I would probably recommend a signal at this point [versus a roundabout],” said Public Works Director Garrin Coleman. “But I do want to go through the analysis to make sure we’re not missing something.”
In other business, talk of an extension of the MARTA rail line made for a lively public comment session on the matter.
About a dozen residents used the time to voice their opposition to implementation of any rail line or station on the east side of Ga. 400. The primarily cited reasons included the depth of single-family homes that could be impacted negatively and the two public schools also located in the path of the proposed MARTA property.
Council directed staff members to conduct additional research examining the potential impact if the rail line is extended along the west side of the highway. Based on those findings, a letter will be crafted and presented to the city’s governing body for approval before being sent on to MARTA.
Elsewhere on the agenda, council members also heard from one resident who voiced concern about the rise of coyote sightings near the city’s outlying areas. The creatures’ presence is thought to endanger small pets — Mayor Eva Galambos acknowledged losing two cats — and ratchet up concern levels for parents of young children.
“In our neighborhood there’s been quite a few actually, including a very close [encounter] in my yard where my kids play in the middle of the afternoon,” said Derby Hills resident Eric Johnson. “There are many opinions on what to do with them and I don’t think anybody has the exact right answer. … We are just trying to create an environment where the right solution is determined.”