Judge to PTC: GRTA rules

Fri, 07/06/2007 - 1:12pm
By: Ben Nelms

When the dust cleared Friday in Fulton County Superior Court, Peachtree City had the option of making good on Georgia Regional Transportation Authority’s (GRTA) insistence that the bridge on TDK have four lanes or face possible funding restrictions on future transportation projects in the area.

“On the merits, GRTA had the authority to approve the plan with conditions. And whatever process was due Peachtree City, they have received. And the action was appropriate,” said Judge John J. Goger.

The decision came after Peachtree City filed suit in opposition to a portion of GRTA’s approval of the McIntosh Village development, the requirement that a four-lane bridge be constructed over Line Creek.

Peachtree City attorney Ted Meeker opposed GRTA attorney Frank Jenkins and McIntosh Partners attorney Buddy Welch, with both sides raising issues that, in the end, had Judge Goger siding with the regional authority.

In a departure from the legal issues being debated, Welch offered a slightly different take on the issue.

“I think this issue of funding is a guise. This issue is political. It became a political issue in Peachtree City,” Welch said, noting his belief that the city did not want the bridge to be four-laned due to the increased traffic that would result.

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Submitted by dkinser on Mon, 07/09/2007 - 2:57pm.

I don't think the Judge said the bridge has to be built and GRTA hasn't said it has to be built. But what they have said is IF it is built that GRTA has the authority to demand it be 4 lanes or they can withhold future funding to road projects in Peachtree City.

Now if City Council holds true to their stance and does not build the bridge/extend TDK Boulevard, this is a non-factor

Dana Kinser

Submitted by tonto707 on Mon, 07/09/2007 - 4:50pm.

exactly right, Dana! This is now a dead issue unless Reese sues to cause it to happen or someone else tries to resurrect it.

I don't live in PTC but I sure sympathize with those of you that do.

Coweta should create their own superstructure to accomodate developers.

Submitted by johenry on Mon, 07/09/2007 - 8:14am.

Let me put my hands to my forehead and make a prediction: Harold Logsdon will say we have no choice but to build TDK (all four lanes) and suffer the traffic jams so his developer campaign supporters can benefit. However, the good news is he will announce a unicycle race coming to Peachtree City in 2008.

Submitted by bob30269 on Mon, 07/09/2007 - 9:17pm.

Hmmm...sounds like you already know the logical choices. VERY INTERESTING!!!

Submitted by tonto707 on Sun, 07/08/2007 - 8:07pm.

thank roi barnes for the grta BS. that's part of the reason he got his ass kicked by sonny perdue, trying to stuff his crap down the throats of georgians.

Submitted by bladderq on Mon, 07/09/2007 - 9:02pm.

I thought ya'll voted against Roy because he took your flag away & Sonny said he'd let you vote? Did Sonny let you vote? I bet you "Vote Republican" all the time & probably voted for Logstone too.

You know who looks good in this last mayoral election....my man Dar. I still like that 1% "buy in" tax.

Submitted by ptcuser88 on Sat, 07/07/2007 - 11:45am.

OK, build it with 4 lanes, with a toll booth, and charge anyone with non-Fayette Co. licenses $2 or $3 to cross the bridge.

Submitted by McDonoughDawg on Fri, 07/06/2007 - 1:50pm.

Figures a Henry County boy would be representing the developer in this case. They have NEVER met anything they didn't want to plow up in that County.

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