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Westside Parkway Opens Next Monday

The first "official" use of the roadway after a ribbon cutting will be a parade of vehicles past the ceremony area from the southern end north to Webb Bridge Road.

Finally.

Westside Parkway's last section will open on Monday, April 23, after a 3 p.m. ribbon-cutting.

"We think this is going to be a big impact to trafifc on Highway 9 and on Haynes Bridge Road," said Brandon Beach, president of the Greatern North Fulton Chamber of Commerce and executive director of the North Fulton Community Improvement District. Beach was speaking to the Windward Rotary Club on Monday, April 16 at its meeting in the .

It took an extra four years as Prospect Park went bankrupt before it was even built, dragging the four-lane road into limbo with it. But once North American Properties bought the property, right of way for the part of Westside that was a piece of the Prospect Park land was signed over to the city. The developer received impact fee credits in exchanged.

at the northern end of the road at Webb Bridge Road, as that section of property had not been part of the Prospect Park tract, though it was owned by a Stan Thomas company.

Beach said the North Fulton Community Improvement District spent $789,000 to buy necessary right of way, and deeded it to the city. As a GA Department of Transportation board member, Beach was able to get $1.1 million in state funds to pay for road construction, with the city picking up the remaining $100,000 in costs.

Alpharetta put the that the city wanted it completed within 30 days, and that will happen if they stick to this schedule.

Kevin Peterson April 16, 2012 at 06:46 PM
They have done a great job, that's for sure! I see they are painting the roads today and hopefully get the rest of the landscaping done this week. I also understand they should be installing streetlights in the near future. I also expect the desire to get Avalon built will grow considerably as more and more people see all that undeveloped land in much more detail.
Kevin Peterson April 19, 2012 at 07:55 PM
They put up the road signs today! Can't believe it's about to open after all this time. Big thanks to NAP for signing it over!
Mark Toro April 21, 2012 at 05:05 PM
We are happy to have been able to contribute to the Alpharetta community even before we open Avalon. Dedicating the roadway was simply the right thing to do.
brent david April 23, 2012 at 12:31 PM
About time these procrastinators got the road opened. I don't care how much it cost the city/state, letting a partially completed road sit idle for this long is a sign of ignorance and lack of cooperation at the highest level. Hopefully this helps traffic in the area, especially the Old Milton Pkwy and North Point intersection.
Kevin Peterson April 23, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Brent - The reason the road was not completed earlier is that it was all private land. Originally it was part of the Prospect Park project and was very close to opening up, right up to the point the economy blew up. The bank foreclosed and had to find another buyer. Once that buyer came forward, things moved surprisingly fast in negotiating the land transfers, funding, contracting, etc... There are a bunch of articles and blog posts all of this, not to mention all the community meetings by city leaders.
brent david April 25, 2012 at 08:26 PM
"Georgia has had four governors and three different state flags since Westside Parkway planning first began." I'll let my above comment stand and reference this quote... http://alpharetta.patch.com/articles/westside-parkway-opens?ncid=newsltuspatc00000003
Mike Kennedy April 26, 2012 at 02:47 AM
So Brent....perhaps you can share how you would have dislodged a partially completed road (on private property) out of a bank foreclosure and bankruptcy filing.
brent david April 26, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Well Mike, I would have completed the road a bit closer to the time when it was conceived. You remember right? Back in 1992.

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