Last week, a few members of the committee met with residents and planners from Gresham, Smith and Partners for an overview and update on the best ways to make the city a mobile destination.
Jamie Cochran, with Gresham, said July is the month to develop the details of the plan — to get the list of projects together and prioritize them. The deadline is near, as the next open house workshop is July 21.
During her presentation, Cochran went over many roadway issues within the city where traffic is congested or will be in the future — Ashford Dunwoody Road, West Nancy Creek Drive, Windsor Parkway, Dresden Drive and North Druid Hills Road. She also highlighted areas with intersection safety issues: West Nancy Creek at Ashford Dunwoody Road, Ashford Dunwoody at Peachtree Road, Johnson Ferry Road at Ashford Dunwoody Road and North Druid Hills Road at Peachtree Road/MARTA station.
As far as possibilities of a safer and more functional thoroughfare throughout the city for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers, suggestions included more bike lanes, better/more sidewalks in certain areas, signal timing and more traffic enforcement at some locations, according to community feedback.
“More connectivity is better at managing a transportation network,” said Cochran. “Planners and designers should really be paying attention to what land use patterns are, the nature of the community surrounding the transportation feature and to have a good fit between transportation and the rest of the community design.”
While the Brookhaven MARTA Station is outside the realm of decision-making for the transportation steering committee, Cochran said whatever development is created there will impact the city’s transportation system.