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GDOT Offers Alpharetta $500,000 to Extend Road

Northwinds Parkway would get an extension from Kimball Bridge Road to Old Milton Parkway under a North Fulton CID project.

Alpharetta City Council is expected to accept a $500,000 grant from the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) to extend Northwinds Parkway a half-mile north from Kimball Bridge Road to Old Milton Parkway.

The Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant is to be used for this half-mile extension of Northwinds Parkway as a four-lane divided roadway with dedicated bicycle lanes and/or a multi-use path, according to an agenda report prepared for City Council by Grants Administrator Amanda Day. The grant is on tonight's City Council agenda.

Northwinds Parkway is situated between Westside Parkway and GA 400, and starts at its intersection with Haynes Bridge Road. Lakeview Parkway aligns with Northwinds across Haynes Bridge Road.

The roadway's connection with Old Milton Parkway already exists as median cut east of Amberpark Drive. The southern end would start near the short stretch of Bailey Johns Road.

The city doesn't have to provide a match for the grant, and didn't even need to apply for it. GDOT approached the city with the grant offer.

The North Fulton Community Improvement District had first considered this project as a way to increase traffic efficiency through a reduction of travel time. The North Fulton CID is prepared to engage its consultant to complete preliminary right-of-way and final construction plans for an estimated Fall 2014 construction start.

Alpharetta isn't committing funding to the project, according to the agenda report. It will be a joint project with the North Fulton CID, with the city overseeing it to make sure it meets all GDOT guidelines.

JAH September 11, 2012 at 12:01 AM
PLEASE read Lee's background story at http://rootsinalpharetta.com/. There is much more going on here than meets the eye.
Paula M September 11, 2012 at 02:25 PM
JAH, read it and looked at the area on a satellite view map. It looks like a logical place for the road because all that area is going to be business, corporate and convention center. Looking at Alpharetta overhead, the satellite view, brings up an interesting challenge. How can we going forward minimize the heat islands corporations and retail centers bring? When you look over the area parking lots appear to be the problem. Pretty soon as more and more land is used for development the forested areas will disappear replaced by parking lots which are heat islands. Challenge to Alpharetta citizens, city council, development board: Creative parking solutions bill to require businesses to minimize parking lots. To build the more expensive parking structures with enviornment in mind to reduce heat islands. Developers: look around the world for creative solutions. This is our next challenge.

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