Council, don’t enable new signal on 54W.

Tue, 01/13/2009 - 4:21pm
By: Letters to the ...

To apply for the light or not apply for the light: that is the question the Peachtree City Council must answer this Thursday night in order for the development at Line Creek to proceed as planned.

In the development agreement with Capital City Development last year the council agreed not to oppose a light at Line Creek Drive to access the newly planned commercial development.

If they do not get the light, then the project cannot be built as planned for it is too large to handle traffic flow in and out without a signal.

However, Thursday night, the council is not being asked to not “oppose” a light, but to actually apply for the light.

If the city applies for this permit, they are asking the DOT to give us another light on Ga. Highway 54 West. The implication would be that we want this light, and that the council feels that it is in the best interests of our town to have it.

After the Dec. 18 council meeting, staff asked for some more details with respect to the effect a new signal would have on traffic flow in this area, if synchronization of the lights were possible, and what could be done to help the Planterra Way intersection.

These questions were answered by LAI Engineering out of Marietta, a company hired by Capital City Development, and to no surprise they recommend the light.

As they see it, the intersection at Planterra Way will go from an “F” rating to a slightly better “F” rating with the new light.

Well, it does not take a rocket scientist to see that another light at this intersection would do nothing good for the traffic flow up and down the Hwy. 54 West corridor, despite LAI’s report to the contrary.

Sure, it might improve your wait time at one light, but big deal when you have to sit through another one 800 feet after the first.

This issue is not a question of whether another stoplight would be better or not. I hope that council will ask itself what I see as the real question here: In the long run, what is better for PTC, a large shopping center with a new signal to further clog the corridor, or a shopping center on a smaller scale that would not require a light and keep the traffic flowing smoother?

The answer seems obvious, doesn’t it?

The question here is whether or not council is going to do what is best for the residents of PTC, or if they are going to enable the developer to build his shopping center, in spite of our best interests.

Remember: We are not obligated in any way to take measures to help get a light on Hwy. 54 West. We are obligated via the development agreement to not oppose one.

Now some may argue that this is just semantics, and that the city agreed to a light at this intersection when they agreed to the development agreement with CCD. However, there is a HUGE difference between not opposing something and actually endorsing it.

If council agrees to apply for this light, they are endorsing something that is clearly NOT in the best interests of this city and those that live here.

Capital City and Doug McMurrain would likely be thrilled, but his happiness is of no interest to me, nor should it be to our council, if the price tag is an added transportation nightmare for our citizenry.

I understand that this project has been going on for years, and that getting a light or not getting a light will make all the difference as to whether this project progresses, or goes back to square one.

However, it is not the city’s job to make sure that the project progresses. It is not the city’s job to ask for a light on behalf of their citizenry that they know they do not want. It is not the city’s job to enable a project that will knock down acres of trees to put up more store frontage that will have to be filled in this trying economy.

This is all the job of the developer, the only one with something to gain by having a new light.

Council, do the right thing on behalf of your citizenry and do not endorse an application for another signal at Line Creek. At the end of the day, you answer to the citizens of Peachtree City, Ga., not to Capital City Development of Vail, Colo.

Beth Pullias

Peachtree City, Ga.

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Submitted by bad_ptc on Wed, 01/14/2009 - 12:32am.

that you'll be running for PTC City Council in the next election.

We need more people like you that are willing to stand up for the citizens of PTC.

Submitted by MYTMITE on Tue, 01/13/2009 - 10:25pm.

We already have a boondoggle at 74 and 54 with the mess that has been made by no turn-ins to Post Office, etc. on 74, can you imagine what will happen when there is still another light to contend with in this congested area on 54? When are some of our commissioners going to realize they are there to represent our citizens and not developers--or am I wrong and are some there only to represent developers? Sometimes it surely seems that is the case. Please prove me wrong and make this a unanimous vote not to ask for this light. It is not our place to seek this light---if the developer was turned down (as he should be) that should be it. Why are we bending backward to reward developers that really has no interest in our city other than to make money and move on as they continue their lives away from the mess and confusion they have created? Mayor and commission---show some guts and more importantly some integrity and do what you were voted into office to do--vote for the good of the community.

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Submitted by MainframeComputerGuy on Mon, 01/19/2009 - 11:10pm.

It sounds like it's just ONE person who can't give up on the fact that there's no cut to get into the PTC Post Office. GET OVER IT ALREADY!! Turn one block before and go around -- what's the big deal?? Here's the best reason why it's better this way. The MORONs who insisted on turning left when LEAVING the P.O. during rush hour. Either they wouldn't move to the left side of the lane so the rest of us could turn right or they insisted on pulling their pick-em-up trucks so far forward we couldn't see oncoming traffic. GOOD RIDDANCE. You idiots would never make it across THREE lanes instead of one. GO AROUND.

Submitted by MYTMITE on Tue, 01/20/2009 - 12:40am.

I am not the only person who has posted on here about the lack of a cut-in to the Post Office. You sound very much like someone else who posts on this site. They, like you, love to call people names such as idiots and morons if they have ideas that differ from theirs. I was always taught that name calling was a sign of poor breeding and a lack of a good education. This is a place for everyone to express their views, sorry if mine offends you. Since you are only one of many, and one of the few who spews such venom, I will continue to say what I want;if you disagree so be it.

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Submitted by MainframeComputerGuy on Tue, 01/20/2009 - 11:41am.

MYT, I'm sorry that the way I worded that sounded like I was calling YOU an idiot, that wasn't my intent. I hit the P.O every day on my way home from work and have often had to sit behind inconsiderate/clueless drivers (what, here??) too lazy to go a couple of blocks to make a left turn at a light who never seem to notice the line of vehicles behind them. They were the ones about whom I was ranting.

As for your crack about my breeding and education, gee, that just cuts me to the quick. I don't know if I'll ever (sob) recover.

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