Brechin Park residents object to Hwy. 74 median

Tue, 02/28/2006 - 5:39pm
By: John Munford

A group of homeowners in the Brechin Park subdivision just south of Peachtree City is concerned with the design of the road widening project for Ga. Highway 74 South.

The current plan is for the state to build a concrete island between the northbound and southbound lanes in front of the subdivision entrance. That would force Brechin residents to go south on Hwy. 74 before U-turning to go north into Peachtree City.

Several residents who spoke to The Citizen recently said they were open to solutions for the problem, even the radical idea of moving the subdivision entrance so it would align with the entrance to the Starr’s Mill school complex.

A petition opposing the concrete island plan has been signed by almost all Brechin Park residents and distributed to the Georgia Department of Transportation. They are also working to contact their state legislators in hopes of getting a meeting with the DOT to smooth things out.

The subdivision consists of 81 homes, which includes not only parents driving, but “a lot of kids and teenagers” too, said resident Ginger Sack. And about 90 percent of the time, Brechin Park vehicles are going to Peachtree City, because that’s where the stores and services are, Sack noted.

“I just feel like we as a community have to do something,” said Brechin Park resident Carla Anderchak. “Because I know that somebody’s going to get killed there, and it’s going to be a teenager.”

Brechin residents learned about the design at a recent meeting at Starr’s Mill High School, and turns out the school’s proximity is one reason the median divider is necessary, they were told.

That’s because highway design regulations require a minimum distance between full intersections on a four-lane highway, which is what Hwy. 74 will become, stretching from nearby Ga. Highway 85 all the way up to Ga. Highway 54.

Not only will the proposed island be inconvenient for Brechin Park homeowners, it will also cause a safety problem for school buses that will also have to U-turn on the highway, Anderchak said.

There are also concerns about how long the turn lane for the U-turn area will be, she added.

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Submitted by McDonoughDawg on Thu, 03/02/2006 - 10:40am.

You need to realize that you will have traffic problems. Throw in a School Complex right across the street, and you wonder what the residents are complaining about. I think the median would make it safer for these folks.

Submitted by ztlkel on Thu, 03/02/2006 - 8:21am.

As a homeowner in Brechin Park, I was fully aware that Highway 74 would be fourlaned in the near future. I was not aware that a concrete median would block our ability to make a left turn. I hoped that a traffic light would be place at our entrance to make it safe. If you have ever tried to turn left at Chick-Fil-A in PTC you know how difficult and dangerous it is to make a left hand turn across a four lane highway with additional turn lanes thrown in the mix. Our subdivision does have a place for another entrance to be made that could line up with the Starr's Mill entrance, the land was specifically designated for this situation. It is on the original land survey of the neighborhood and the two homeowners affected by this fact should have been well aware of it because a survey of the lot is required at closing. We need to take advantage of this opportunity and get a safe way to enter and exit our neighborhood.

Submitted by kshpr on Wed, 03/01/2006 - 8:03am.

Get over yourselves. First of all, DOT is not going to change their grand scheme or plan for 81 homes. Secondly, it's not the end of the world to turn right out of your sub-division, drive a hundred yards and then do a u-turn back in to the city. If teenagers drive responibly, there won't be any accidents. You're missing the big picture here...widening of the road will alleviate the ever approaching traffic congestion in our county.

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Submitted by H. Hamster on Tue, 02/28/2006 - 7:51pm.

This plan has been on (or under) the table for at least 10 years. Did your builder or real estate agent mention any of this to you? If they were with Home Source (a Pathways subsidiary) they had the info about the median when the Chimneys land was sold for development in 1995 at the latest. Check it out.

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