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Master plan for Canton Street alleys released
by James Swift
August 20, 2014 02:00 PM | 3504 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
City Planner Courtney Lankford unveiled a draft for the Roswell East-West Alley Master Plan at a Downtown Development Authority meeting last Thursday.

“The East Alley, we’ve made one way around Canton Street out to Norcross Street,” she said. Under the proposal, removable posts are set to be installed at Webb Street and Elizabeth Way, allowing the East Alley to be cordoned off during events such as Alive After 5.

The plan also transforms Elizabeth Way into a two-way street.

“They looked at the sight distance issues and decided if we trimmed a few trees and moved things around, they can make this two-way work,” she said.

The parking lot behind Roswell Provisions and Little Alley Steak has been reconfigured, she said, to allow room for a new brick waste management facility enclosure.

At the East Alley curve, a new pedestrian connection to Highway 9 will be created. “Because this will potentially be closed at certain hours, we thought it was important to open this up,” Lankford said.

She said the alley will make use of pervious pavement to accommodate heavier traffic and bioretention filtration systems to address stormwater.

Planned decorations for the alleyway area include stringed lights and branded gateways. While the main corridor will have a combination of traditional and colonial light posts, Lankford said industrial light fixtures will be introduced in the East Alley.

“It really creates a sense of place in its own unique area,” she said. “So it really starts to define the place.”

The Roswell Department of Transportation, Lankford said, is looking at proposals to add both raised crosswalks and restricted time parking spaces on Canton Street.

Under the master plan, the West Alley will be converted into a one-way lane, with a traffic circle, that could be closed during special events. A 50-foot time-managed delivery zone will also be created.

“We wanted to incorporate a sidewalk along Webb Street, but we didn’t want to do anything that would take away those parking spaces,” she said. The solution within the master plan, she said, was a rolled curb that allows automobile flow while doubling as a pedestrian path.

While not incorporated into the plan itself, Lankford said the proposal leaves options open for parking complex development in both the East and West alleys.

The master plan will be reviewed by the mayor and city council at a work session Monday at 5:30 p.m. The proposal will then be presented for adoption at a city council meeting Sept. 10 at 7 p.m.

More information on the plan, including draft artwork, can be viewed online at

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