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Traffic relief ahead for Medlock Bridge Road in Johns Creek
by Nicole Dow
May 29, 2013 11:22 AM | 2356 views | 3 3 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Motorists who travel on Medlock Bridge Road in Johns Creek may experience some traffic congestion relief with an improvement project in the planning stages for a section of roadway from Old Alabama to State Bridge roads.

Johns Creek Public Works Director Tom Black told city councilmembers at their work session meeting last week he has been working on a project framework agreement with the Georgia Department of Transportation for the city to accept $613,200 in federal funds for the project.

The city council will consider approving the agreement at Monday’s council meeting.

The plans include creating an additional southbound lane from State Bridge Road to Old Alabama Road and improving the turn radius for vehicles going to the shopping center entrance south of State Bridge Road where Waffle House sits on the corner.

“The radius is real sharp,” Black said. “It’s real narrow. It’s very difficult to get in there. We’re trying to figure out how we can make it a better radius in there for better access, for economic development reasons if nothing else beyond the safety [aspect].”

For northbound travelers, the project will extend the left turn lane onto Medlock Crossing Parkway.

“We’re trying to extend that left turn lane back to almost double that storage for the left turn, because it fills up now and backs up into the northbound lane … and blocks up the traffic,” Black said.

Another reason to extend the left turn lane is to provide relief at the Medlock Bridge and State Bridge intersection by encouraging motorists wanting to travel west on State Bridge to turn at Medlock Crossing Parkway instead.

Black said GDOT will allow Johns Creek to control the design work for the project and then reimburse the city.

He told councilmembers the best case scenario would be to have the design work completed in 90 days. GDOT will handle the construction portion of the project and cover all those associated costs, he said.

What's next?:
The Johns Creek City Council will consider approving a project framework agreement with GDOT for road improvements on Medlock Bridge Road at its meeting Monday.
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LeeC80
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August 17, 2013
I wish they would address the severe backups on State bridge in the mornings and afternoons during rush hour. Traveling west in the morning from Duluth to Johns Creek and the reverse in the evenings is a nightmare. The light just is not long enough. The turn signals are too short too. I watch maybe 5 cars turn left to travel south on Medlock in the mornings and I truly believe this is a big part of the problem. I don't know what will help, but I know enough neighbors that agree.
Deely
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May 16, 2014
I totally agree as my husband fumes about this intersection and the rush hour gridlock and it is now May, 2014...no improvements.
AdamAtl7
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May 17, 2014
I have to agree. I've been commuting from the Duluth area to Alpharetta for nearly three years now. The congestion at all rush hour times is ridiculous at the Medlockbridge/Statebridge intersection. The light does not last long enough for Statebridge traffic; while Medlock bridge get's 2-3 minutes of "Green light" time. Every morning/afternoon the traffic is backed up for at least a mile or two. Something needs to be done.
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