Controversial traffic signal faces PTC vote

Tue, 02/03/2009 - 4:41pm
By: John Munford

The Peachtree City Council is expected to vote Thursday night on whether to apply for another traffic light on Ga. Highway 54 West to serve a proposed shopping center.

The light would be at Line Creek Drive, in between signals at Planterra Way and MacDuff Parkway. The Georgia Department of Transportation has previously turned down two requests for the light by the developer, Capital City Development.

This time the DOT is asking the application to come from the city instead, which has brought out a point of disagreement among council members. A development agreement for the 175,000-square-foot shopping center calls for the city to “not oppose” the traffic light but does not require the city to apply for the light.

CCD’s traffic engineer has said traffic will get markedly worse on Hwy. 54 if the shopping center is built and no traffic light is erected. Traffic can be improved significantly if the corridor’s traffic signals are retimed, said that consultant, Harry Graham, who formerly worked for the DOT.

CCD is also proposing to erect a video camera on Hwy. 54 near Huddleston Road that will provide a real-time traffic view to the DOT’s regional office in Thomaston.

Some residents of the Planterra Ridge and Cardiff Park subdivisions are worried they will be unable to get out of their subdivision due to increased traffic from the light. Others who have to reach MacDuff Parkway in the afternoons are worried the light will further lengthen their commute during peak drive time on Hwy. 54.

The Line Creek shopping center, which would be located at the southwest corner of Hwy. 54 and Planterra, was approved as a 175,000-square-foot shopping center. The property is zoned general commercial which has a normal cap of 150,000 square feet of stores, but CCD gained council approval for a special use permit for the extra 25,000 square feet and also to have several stores over the city’s 32,000-square-foot size limit.

The development has been criticized by some because the city has agreed to sell CCD much of the right of way for Line Creek Drive and another side street. Without that right of way, there would not have been enough room for the larger stores due to city road setback rules.

The larger stores, often thought to have regional draws and thus having a bigger impact on traffic, also bring in sales tax dollars from outside the county, as Mayor Harold Logsdon has previously pointed out.

In a meeting Jan. 23, Councilman and mayoral candidate Don Haddix said he didn’t think Coweta residents would shop at the shopping center.

Logsdon and Councilman Steve Boone have repeatedly indicated they support the traffic signal, while Haddix and Councilman Doug Sturbaum have opposed it. Councilwoman Cyndi Plunkett is considered the swing vote on the issue.

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Submitted by flip212 on Wed, 02/04/2009 - 5:35pm.

are worried they will be unable to get out of their subdivision.

You have got to be kidding me. These are the same folks (Paul Vant Hof) that went on a campaigning spree around town in support of this “big box” project. They were holding community focus seminars around town (I attended) pushing the big box and how wonderful it would be for PTC.

So, let them suffer now! As the saying goes…be careful what you wish for!

Submitted by skyspy on Wed, 02/04/2009 - 7:48pm.

They asked for it and they got it! ENJOY!

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Submitted by Use Your Head on Wed, 02/04/2009 - 8:03am.

Hmmmmm....all that planning, permitting and building and only NOW are they thinking about traffic lights????? Something smells funny....

Submitted by UrKidding on Wed, 02/04/2009 - 12:12am.

Vote against it and be a hero with the citizens. Otherwise move on out someone else needs to take your spot!

Submitted by Dondol on Wed, 02/04/2009 - 11:17am.

Plunkett voting against the light just to try and get re-elected. Guess what Sugar, not gonna work, the people have seen your true colors!

Now just why in the Hell do I have to press 1 for English?

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Submitted by bad_ptc on Wed, 02/04/2009 - 8:20am.

Someone please tell me once, just once, when Plunkett hasn't voted to screw over the citizens of PTC!

Plunkett is so far up Logsdons and Boones butts that if either of them ever stop short she'll disappear.

Plunkett will vote as she always has; with total disregard for the citizens of PTC.

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Submitted by Spear Road Guy on Tue, 02/03/2009 - 9:41pm.

Keep standing tall Mr. Haddix and Mr. Sturbaum! Fight for us against this traffic light from hell. They want to bury us.

Logsdon, Boone and their swinging Plunkett will be gone by November at election time!!!

Vote Republican

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Submitted by ftp on Tue, 02/03/2009 - 5:02pm.

My 2.5 mile commute to and from the office takes 30-45 minutes M-F. NYC can clear 3 million cars at rush hour on 2 lane roads, but PTC can't get 10K people out of the city in a reasonable amount of time. One more light and I am moving to Senoia.

Submitted by Spyglass on Wed, 02/04/2009 - 4:45pm.

Really, you are comparing PTC to NYC? Tell another one.

2ndly, where are you going? I've NEVER had it take more than 30 minutes to get from my house all the way to Newnan...In fact, I can get from my house in Spyglass Subdision to the Walmart in PTC on a golf cart faster than 30 minutes, so maybe you should try alternate transportation.

Now I'm not saying I'm for the light, but a little honesty is needed on some of these claimed commute times.

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Submitted by Cyclist on Tue, 02/03/2009 - 5:07pm.

the county should consider a PTC bypass.
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Submitted by ptcmom678 on Wed, 02/04/2009 - 8:55am.

Or a tie-in to Holly Grove. I live near and use Holly Grove Road all the time, and most of the traffic tie-up at Rockaway and 74 is due to people wanting to get on 74 who can't because of traffic. There would not be that much extra traffic if Rockaway was re-routed to the Wilshire light as SHOULD have been done originally.

Submitted by Spyglass on Thu, 02/05/2009 - 8:45am.

It's too easy to take a right, then a left at the light, then the left onto Robinson Road and you're right back into PTC. That's what I do, it's a nice drive, and no hassle of a left hand turn on 74.

Submitted by Dondol on Wed, 02/04/2009 - 11:13am.

I still think that Coweta county needs to find their own way out of the Rockaway Rd mess. Nobody from Peachtree City lives on Rockaway and the only way that you are inconvenienced is if you chose to use it to access the sports fields or you chose to travel to Senioa.

Now just why in the Hell do I have to press 1 for English?

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Submitted by The Wedge on Wed, 02/04/2009 - 11:40am.

I use the recycling center regularly and it is a function of Peachtree City and its government. It is on Rockaway Road. I understand that it will move, but I do not know where it will land. It gets quite backed up sometimes.

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Submitted by Don Haddix on Wed, 02/04/2009 - 9:34pm.

Currently there is no place selected.

Part of the reason for the attempt at the single provider trash proposal was to eliminate the center.

Alternatives are being looked at for some materials since there is no market now for plastic and glass.

For other items needing disposal it is going to be a new Council issue. Expecting people to go to the County facility is not realistic, I believe.

Don Haddix
PTC Councilman
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Submitted by The Wedge on Thu, 02/05/2009 - 8:08am.

Councilman Haddix, thank you for the explanation. I see a lot of yard waste and limb disposal at the center and I value the service. If that goes away, I guess we will have a lot more bonfires. We shall see.

Submitted by mthom5436 on Wed, 02/04/2009 - 11:39am.

The rerouting idea isn't a bad one compared to another light on 74 at the expense and inconvenience of PTC.

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