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New designs for Rucker Road in Alpharetta


Sidewalks, roundabout included


May 21, 2013
ALPHARETTA, Ga. – A set of new designs for the Rucker Road corridor were presented May 20 to the Alpharetta City Council. The suggested guidelines include intersection and pedestrian improvements.

Using citizen input, Assistant City Administrator James Drinkard told council the residents along the corridor were in favor of a two-lane road design with a speed limit of 35 mph and better lighting and sidewalks along the corridor. Center turn lanes would be added to key intersections.

The corridor was broken up into three design areas. From the western end of the road to Charlotte Drive, the lanes would be narrowed and include improved landscaping with trees and other visual elements.

"It slows traffic and enhances pedestrian safety," Drinkard said.

Eight-foot sidewalks would be added to either side of the street.

From Charlotte Drive eastward to Wills Road, it would be a similar design but with the addition of bike lanes.

At intersections, there would be either a median or a turn lane.

At the intersection of the Fairfax and Northfield neighborhoods, the entrances would be realigned. Turn lanes could be added to improve the flow of traffic and access to the neighborhoods.

What Drinkard noted as "surprising" was at the intersection of Rucker Road and Wills Road, where residents asked for a roundabout.

"The residents want a traffic circle to clearly differentiate the Rucker Road corridor from the Old Milton Parkway corridor," Drinkard said.

Drinkard pointed out that residents along the corridor had not been contacted with the designs.

The designs would be brought before council for approval next month and more concrete designs would be created.

ALSO AT THE MEETING

ALPHARETTA, Ga. – New locks for the jail in Alpharetta were proposed, however a decision was deferred for a week to iron out details.

Public Safety Director Gary George proposed the contract with Eo Integrated Solutions for new locks for the jail.

While Alpharetta owns and maintains the jail, Fulton County operates it.

The need for locks was made evident recently when a prisoner managed to briefly escape.

The contract would replace door controls, an intercom system and camera controls, which George said are 20 years old.

"It's difficult to find parts and vendors to work on them," George said.

The city has budgeted $50,000 for the upgrade, which would come out of Drug Enforcement Agency drug forfeiture funds.

"The people who occupy [the jail] can pay for it," he said.

George said a committee had settled upon Eo Integrated Solutions for the contract at a bid of $49,900. However the cost was weighted only 20 percent of the contract, which worried some councilmembers.

While Eo's cost to install the new system was almost $10,000 less than the next competitor, the annual service costs were far higher, culminating in a difference of almost $70,000 over 11 years.

George could not answer why Eo was chosen. The issue was deferred for a week to determine the reason for the committee choosing Eo.

Editor, Milton Herald
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