Want a say on roads? Show up on Dec. 9

Tue, 12/02/2008 - 3:47pm
By: John Munford

If you want a say on what future roads are built and where, here’s your chance.

Fayette residents are being invited to consider the county’s transportation future, particularly for the next five years and onward, at a special meeting Tuesday, Dec. 9 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Fayette County Senior Center.

The meeting is particularly important to the county’s overall future, and so there’s hope it will attract a significant amount of interest from residents, said Phil Mallon, the county’s public works director.

“It’s so hard for anyone to get excited about a plan that’s several years away,” Mallon said.

At the meeting a consultant and county officials will be seeking input from residents on a variety of improvement projects the county could consider prioritizing for the future. According to Mallon, among those ideas are:

• Improved interstate access;

• Alleviating congestion problems at Ga. highways 54 and 74;

• Considering the use of transit and whether or not it fits in with Fayette’s needs; and

• Improving golf cart access for areas just outside Peachtree City where residents want safe access to the city’s golf cart path system.

And those are just some of the suggestions Mallon said he has received in calls.

“We want to at least get the discussion going,” Mallon said.

The first part of the meeting will involve a presentation by the consultant, Glatting-Jackson-Kercher-Anglin, an Atlanta-based firm.

The consultant was picked specifically because it wants to focus on not just moving cars through the fastest way, but making sure the needs of the county are addressed in creating the specific goals that should be accomplished, Mallon said.

Mallon said he expects there to be plenty of residents attending the meeting to comment about the West Fayetteville Bypass, particularly the second phase.

A later workshop meeting will be scheduled where residents can suggest their own ideas, as engineers will be able to plug those concepts directly into computers to see what the affect would be, Mallon said.

The senior center is located at 4 Center Drive in Fayetteville, just off Jimmie Mayfield Boulevard in the same complex as the Justice Center.

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