PTC, keep Bridlepath unchanged

Tue, 09/02/2008 - 3:24pm
By: Letters to the ...

Mayor Logsdon and PTC Council: Please sit on the bid due this week for Bridlepath Lane drainage improvement.

This bid was in response to citizen complaints of flooding over the small spillway path bridge over four years ago. The engineering department is responding to the council direction, but the fix is not necessary, will scar the scenic Peachtree Parkway just south of Booth Middle School, remove one of the most beautiful routes of the cart path system, and will not be used.

Stick with the unfunded plan to eventually remove the small holding pond and return the creek to its natural state, but shelve this expensive first step that reroutes the cart path along Peachtree Parkway and re-look at just bridging the new “trickle” creek.

The new path is not necessary because the “flooding” over the spillway is limited in the most torrential of rains. I have been biking this route for 11 years three times a week and can count on one hand the number of times I have ridden through ANY water.

I am convinced, despite the fact the drain pipe may be too small for specifications that there would be NO water over the spillway if the folks paid to “regularly” de-clutter the drain actually did that.

I can only remember seeing the drain clear of debris twice in 11 years — obviously the new growth seen growing on the island of debris surrounding the drain testifies of this neglect.

The new routing will scar, not only a beautiful section of Peachtree Parkway near Booth Middle School, but will also remove the scenic path route through this bucolic meadow. The copse of trees along the parkway will be replaced with yet another asphalt path along a busy road.

Finally, the path will not be used because it detours the users up and down and an additional 15-150 percent distance. The spillway bridge is to remain until the creek is returned to its natural state, and users will just rut out the meadow where the existing path was removed.

Even the original complaining pedestrians will wade through rather than take the circuitous and arduous climb and descent.

Please save our money and this beautiful section of our city by eliminating this detour and not awarding this contract. Just replace the spillway with a bridge when the creek is returned to its natural state.

Stocker Reed

Peachtree City, Ga.

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Submitted by Dondol on Wed, 09/03/2008 - 3:54pm.

The Mayor nor the city Engineer have children that are going to have to cross a 4 lane road to get to School so it really doesn't matter to them. If you want to get their attention you have to wave money under their noses, that's the only thing the Mayor understands (just ask the Chinese). I just glad that this is my child's last year at Booth, but I do fear for the one's that have to cross there in the future. Your 100% right about cleaning the drain and spillways (isn't that what we pay the stupid Storm Water Bill for). I have lived here for 20 years and the only time that I have seen water running over the path is when the drain is clogged up with limbs and such. It would be much cheaper and pleasing to the eye to just clean-up the creek and drain pipe and like you said replace the spillway with a bridge. But that would take some common since and city hall seems to running real short on that these days.

Submitted by CuriousBob on Fri, 09/05/2008 - 1:26pm.

I guess it just shows how naive I can be sometimes--I saw the city engineer and probably the contractor standing at the entrance to the tunnel under PT pkwy and I thought to myself, they are finally going to repair the "ankle turning" potholes in the tunnel. Boy, was I wrong!

What is with the city not repairing the path in the tunnels, anyway?

Oh, I agree with putting a bridge over the spillway--like they did off Cameron Trail...very nice and I bet it didn't cost that much to do...and think of the maintenance savings over the would think that we aren't paying our city staff enough to make good decisions for us! oh hum!

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