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.