Gateway bridge cost up $822K

Mon, 02/11/2008 - 9:26am
By: John Munford

The Peachtree City Council will soon be deciding whether to proceed with building a “gateway” cart path bridge that would span Ga. Highway 54 West near the city limits and Wynnmeade Parkway.

The bridge will need another $822,000 to become reality, with another $600,000 coming from the county’s transportation SPLOST and another $480,000 coming from a grant from the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Livable Centers Initiative program.

Some of the balance can be filled with transportation SPLOST funds because the city has money hanging out there tied to projects that ultimately won’t be built, officials told the City Council at a workshop meeting Wednesday night.

The plan would use the bridge to link to a city-owned parcel east of Wynnmeade Parkway, and it would land on the other side of Hwy. 54 on property currently being developed as The Shoppes at Village Piazza, a shopping center, explained City Planner David Rast.

Because of the significant changes in grade, the approach paths to both sides of the bridge will have to meander around instead of taking a direct straight path. The path approach to the north of the bridge will ultimately lead to a golf cart path tunnel under MacDuff Parkway that is already in use.

The consensus decision from the meeting was for city staff to approach ARC for perhaps more grant money for the project and also will evaluate pending SPLOST projects to determine how much is feasible to take from that fund.

City Manager Bernie McMullen said the project might not be completed until late 2009 at the earliest, but the funding question will need to be answered before it can proceed.

Rast noted that many of the required documents for approval from the Georgia Department of Transportation have already been submitted including environmental and archeological surveys. The city just needs to have construction drawings made and then approved by DOT so the city can proceed with right of way acquisition, which it basically already has on the north leg since it owns that parcel, Rast said.

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Submitted by Spyglass on Tue, 02/12/2008 - 11:52am.

Let's try and get the bridge we currently have alongside Hwy 54 into operation. It makes ZERO sense to fund another bridge when we as a City haven't even proven we are capable of putting the one we have standing now into operation. Not to mention the two tunnels going to waste under the road in the same area. This has gotten beyond ridiculous.

You can't tell me it wasn't on the original plan for the road, even the State funded some of this bridge/tunnels, it was on the drawings from the get go. Total ineptness on most everyone who has been involved.

Now we want to spend how many more dollars?

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Submitted by Mike King on Tue, 02/12/2008 - 12:16pm.

Spy, I couldn't agree with you more. The city government we have is daily becoming more and more of an embarassment.

The current elected officials are having to deal with ineptness across the board on a daily basis. Before long our city council meetings will be forced into "executive session" as a norm and the "open sesssion" will be short and contain only grip and grin stuff.

I do not like the trend and as a city, the consequences of not reversing it will be that we will pay more for services and get less.

Submitted by sageadvice on Tue, 02/12/2008 - 1:15pm.

I am not against having cart bridges to all parts of town if they are strategically positioned, but many of the older paths are in poor condition from having no proper maintenance for a long time---that should be first, or at least at the same time.
The whole path thing will die anyway if we don't come up with a way to bring law and order to them!

Submitted by Spyglass on Tue, 02/12/2008 - 1:37pm.

And I've been very pleased with their progress in this regards. I think the City's website has a list of areas they are presently working on regarding the paths, etc. Also, contrary to your statements, I've NEVER had any troubles on the cart paths.

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