Isakson has been a driving force behind the widening project that has been in the works for a number of years and is expected to provide better travel times for thousands of motorists each day.
“This event will be a celebration of better traffic flow in an area that has witnessed an incredible increase in traffic congestion during the past two decades,” Georgia DOT Deputy Commissioner Todd Long said. “I am so pleased in the partnerships that have made this project such a success. With Senator Isakson’s support and with the planning and coordination with FHWA and the city of Sandy Springs, I believe we have a roadway that will serve this area very well for years to come.”
The project will widen Abernathy Road from Johnson Ferry Road to Roswell Road from two lanes to four lanes. It also includes 4-foot bike lanes, 16-foot shoulders with 8-foot sidewalks and is divided by a 16- to 32-foot raised median.
The Abernathy Road widening project was done in conjunction with the Johnson Ferry Road widening project, which included widening Johnson Ferry Road from Columns Drive to Abernathy Road. This project provides six travel lanes from Columns Drive to Riverside Drive, four travel lanes from Riverside Drive to Abernathy Road, a 16-foot raised median, 4-foot bike lanes and 16-foot shoulders with 8-foot sidewalks.
The project cost is $25.7 million and the contractor is C.W. Matthews.