“In general terms, we have been somewhat surprised with how quickly the public has migrated to Westside,” said city spokesman James Drinkard. “We do not have empirical data, but our staff observations are that traffic along the new segment is ahead of anticipated levels at this point in time.”
Though the city wasn’t ready as of press time with specific numbers on how much traffic the roadway is seeing, Public Works Director Pete Sewczwicz said his department has noticed changes.
“We have modified the signal timing along the Westside corridor each week due to the volume of traffic steadily increasing each week,” he said.
Sewczwicz said there is “no magic time frame” to determine when the city thinks motorists will begin to use the new artery as an alternative to Ga. 400 and Hwy. 9, saying, “drivers will steadily shift to Westside if it improves their commute.”
Sewczwicz also said the public has been helpful in providing feedback about the roadway — both positive and negative.
“Our biggest challenge is adjusting the signal timing to maintain a steady flow,” he said. “We will continue to monitor the intersections and adjust the timings accordingly.”
According to Sewczwicz, the department is also in the process of modifying the intersection of Windward Parkway and Westside Parkway to consist of dedicated left/right turns and two through-lanes across Windward Parkway onto Deerfield Parkway.