PTC needs right of way for Paschall/74 tunnel

Thu, 12/31/2009 - 12:46pm
By: John Munford

Peachtree City officials are still working to acquire the necessary right-of-way to allow the cart path tunnel underneath Ga. Highway 74 at Paschall Road to be completed.

The tunnel structure itself is complete, built as part of the widening of Hwy. 74 from two to six lanes. But the city lacks all the property necessary to build and maintain the cart path connections that lead to the tunnel, officials have said.
At their Dec. 16 meeting the City Council approved an easement agreement that will allow the path to be built on the east side of Hwy. 74, officials said.

That leaves the city to continue negotiations on the west side of the tunnel with three businesses: Menlo Park, Frank Cawood & Associates and the U.S. Postal Service. The path will link directly with the post office.

While some might draw connections between this unfinished path and the long-incomplete cart path bridge over the CSX railroad along Ga. Highway 54 West, there is one significant difference. For the bridge, the city was handcuffed as it waded through the arduous process of securing the grant funds from the Georgia Department of Transportation.

The Paschall tunnel, however, needs no such funding. The work is being paid for with revenue from the 2003 transportation special purpose local option sales tax.
Meanwhile, work continues on the cart path bridge connections for the Hwy. 54/CSX railroad bridge. Construction began last month, more than three years after the bridge and tunnels underneath the road were completed with the widening of Ga. Highway 54 West.

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Submitted by PTC Observer on Thu, 12/31/2009 - 10:39pm.

So let me get this right, they didn't know that they would need these easements a year or so before the widening of 74? Maybe three years before the construction? Right after the funding for the widening?

When exactly did they know they would need easements? I'll just bet it wasn't last week.

Guess we should ask the city-planning department. I am sure they have an answer (excuse).

Speaking of the CSX bridge, they are working at breakneck speed getting that one up and running. Just amazing at how fast they are moving on it now that they have all the approvals. Hmm.......

Submitted by ddodge on Fri, 01/01/2010 - 7:12am.

Perhaps instead of letting go the landscape workers, we should let the planning dept go. Probably save a lot of money here as we apparently are paying to get nothing. Why is it always a question of easements after the fact as this was an issue at CSX tunnel also. What is needed for the new lake? Are all the easements, paperwork in place or will we learn about other surprises?

Submitted by PTCGOIL on Thu, 12/31/2009 - 11:49pm.

Nor did they know they would need the easements almost a year and a half ago when this widened stretch of 74 was opened. Nope, the crepe myrtle and ivy vine grant application process for the downtown connector sound wall on this stretch of road was such an all-consuming effort, that the planning dept. and purchasing and the city attorney and the one public works guy left behind all had to take a ......oh, never mind.....

CSX bridge approaches will be done (according to contract) on Ground Hog Day 2010 (no kidding...I'm sure it's an inside govt. transportation joke that we aren't allowed to be in on).

Of course, with the rain, that will be pushed back to at least April Fool's Day (insert your own joke, please).

Then, within 3 months of the CSX bridge opening, the vibrations from actual traffic going across it, after sitting dormant for 3 years, will cause the cement supports to develop hairline cracks. GDOT will then come back and close it down for our safety.

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