The entire length of Medlock Bridge Rd, from the River to McGinnis Ferry Rd is to be widened, according to City Hall. No specific Public Hearing or Notice has been given, so there has been no opportunity for input from the community.
The City has ALREADY sent out the project for Bid, and Staff are recommending ‘Georgia Development Partners’ to do the first phase from Medlock Crossing to St Ives Country Club for almost $1 Million.
The most significant part of this project is the reduction of the concrete island, for a 3rd through lane to cross over State Bridge Rd. (We’ve highlighted in yellow what is to be removed, to allow for the 3rd lane.)
Why has it taken the City TEN YEARS to figure this out?
1) The loss of the Deceleration lanes & Acceleration Lanes throughout the road. Entering and Exiting Publixs, or the Car Wash, etc will be more difficult and dangerous. Expect more rear-end collisions. Without those lanes, it will be more difficult to merge into the traffic.
2) Expect More Commuter Cars from Forsyth. With the additional lane, it will become the choice route for non-residents. High-Density Developers in Forsyth County will build more rapidly, as this route will attract more people seeking affordable housing.
St Ives is being FORCED to reconfigure their entrance to allow the 3rd lane to continue up toward McGinnis Ferry Rd. They are anticipated to be compensated a paltry $4k.
1) The Current Deceleration / Acceleration Lane will become the 3rd Through Lane. This will transform the area into a de-facto Freeway.
2) A NEW Deceleration lane to enter St Ives will go closer to the wall and flower bed. A Concrete island (Blue Triangle) is in the design as well. That will make the entrance more difficult for drivers coming from the north side of 141. Residents will have to enter in the Visitors lane and swing over to the Resident lane, creating a dangerous backup.
3) This configuration will also have ALL cars stop at the light and not allow cars to go North on 141, without a green light. The removal of the Deceleration lane will make it difficult to safely merge into traffic.
4) The additional lanes will create much more road noise for the residential communities abutting Medlock Bridge Rd. Many of those Residents built those homes when Medlock Bridge Rd was a quiet 2 lane road. A soundwall or reduction methods are not included in the plans.
Neighbors, What are your thoughts on these plans? Do you think it is necessary to widen the entire 4-mile road, or just the main intersections? Leave a comment below and send an email to City Council email@example.com
Source: City of Johns Creek