The conversation stemmed from a concern where Brumbelow Road meets Nesbit Ferry. The intersection has caused some safety concerns. At this time, Nesbit Ferry is entirely within Roswell city limits and Roswell and Johns Creek city representatives have discussed the intersection as well as the entire road.
Johns Creek Public Works Director Tom Black said if Roswell agreed to repair and resurface the roadway and participated in improving the intersection at Nesbit Ferry and Brumbelow Road, it would be in Johns Creek’s best interest to accept all of the right of way on Nesbit Ferry between the existing city limits and Holcomb Bridge Road. He said he would not recommend taking half the right of way.
“If we took half the right of way then we’d still be involved in a shared partnership with Roswell,” he said. “Anything we tried to do on the road whatsoever would be a joint project … that would lead to something probably similar to what we have now at this intersection.”
If Johns Creek took the whole road they would acquire four traffic signals. If they took half the right of way at the center line two lights would be in Johns Creek and two in Roswell.
“It would be difficult for us to put it on a system and control the lights and control the thoroughfare,” Black said.
Black also said the additional road could have a positive impact on economic development giving an additional “front door” to the city from Holcomb Bridge with the possibility of improving it to be more of a boulevard.
If the whole right of way were granted to Johns Creek, there would be a $7,500 annual cost for traffic signals, $3,000 annual cost for grass maintenance and $5,280 annual cost for utility costs.