Old Alabama Rd – Redo’s and Modifications. The Construction crew at Old Alabama Rd must really like the view of Perimeter Church and the pond because they just don’t seem to complete the job in a timely and thorough manner.
Just this Thursday, CW Matthews tore up the new asphalt they laid recently in the center of the road. The 20 foot wide raised median is being installed there.
Questions are raised as to why they did not pour the concrete for the median the same time as the curbs and gutter?
Laying asphalt only to remove it is redundant. Once the median is installed, they will come back and complete asphalt on the road. Then again, they did redo the curb and sidewalk twice.
Another question, why a median at all? Wouldn’t the asphalt be more useful? Another lane for future widening or flex lane? In a recent report regarding emergency services feasibility…
“Numerous traffic control devices such, as curbed lane dividers, slow emergency response by requiring units to go to the next break before carrying out a u-turn toward an incident on the other side of the street.”
According to the minutes of the initial concept team meeting, which City Staff attended, it was suggested to place the median for the AAC parcel in the event of future development.
The median cut is for future entrance into AAC, along with curb cuts for the undeveloped parcel. Deceleration and acceleration lanes are not included, so this configuration will impact the current traffic flow. The median will also limit the cars stacking in the turn lanes.
All this for a development that does not exist, yet? And what is this development they are providing infrastructure for?
According to GDOT, they have approved an astounding $428k in modifications to the project since June 2016. Another $28k was recently requested for traffic control & guardrails. Why was this all not included in the original bid?
Additionally, GDOT has documented the recent milestone of “failure to open all travel lanes” & “fail to cover milled areas”.
Shockingly, $0.00 Liquidated Damages were assessed to the contract as of 8/13/16.
City Hall distances itself from this debacle and claims the project rests entirely with GDOT. Yet the pre-planning meeting for the design of this construction included 2 of Johns Creek’s Public Works staff.
It’s unfortunate they did not plan to improve the eastbound traffic onto 141, where the major congestion is.
The Old Alabama Rd Construction Plans are here…