Stop TDK now

Tue, 05/22/2007 - 4:36pm
By: Letters to the ...

Three things that need to be done.

Here are three things that I feel should be done:

1. Stop the TDK Extension. We don’t need it and we don’t want it.

2. With the TDK Extension stopped, Ga. Highway 74 between Ga. Highway 54 and Crosstown Road would no longer need to be expanded to six lanes. Bring it down to four lanes. Eliminate the two lanes next to the houses, replant the trees and give those people back their buffer zone. This is after all, Peachtree City, NOT Riverdale.

3. These two things need to be done now before we becomes Riverdale II.

4. Build a bypass around Peachtree City. I believe it should start where the proposed McIntosh Village will be built. Have it run across Hwy. 54 and Ga. Highway 34 on the Coweta side, come into Fayette County, then intersect Hwy. 74 on the other side of Tyrone.

With this as the first phase, the next phase would start where it intersects Hwy. 74, then run it around Peachtree City and intersect Hwy. 54 between Peachtree City and Fayetteville.

I believe having this bypass built as a four-lane with no development allowed on it except where it intersects main roads would keep red lights to a minimum, congestion down and allow traffic to move quickly around Peachtree City, not though it. This bypass would go a long way in easing the traffic congestion we have now, plus future traffic problems.

In addition, I just want to add that we moved to Peachtree City in 1972 when there were only 1,800 people here. We had no red lights, no four lanes and no traffic problems, so you know we have witnessed a lot of changes over the years, mostly good, up until around the mid-90s.

That’s when build-out should have happened. Peachtree City was just about the right size then, but since then it seems like the dam broke: It’s been like developers on steroids every since.

I hope we can do something to stop this greedy rampage and get us back on the path of the original master plan, before Peachtree City is turned into just another city with all the problems that come along with it.

We were told back in ‘72 when we moved here that when the population reached x number of people, that was when Peachtree City reaches build-out. Maybe it’s time to change that to a definite date on build-out.

As for me, the middle of last week would not be soon enough. Forgive me for rambling on, it’s just so heartbreaking to see what’s happening to our unique city.

Jim Lowe

Peachtree City, Ga.

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