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The opening of Haynes Bridge Road is the first step in a new downtown for Alpharetta. From left are Richard Debban, chair of the Alpharetta Business Association, Carol Anderson-Wood of the Alpharetta Business Association; Councilmember Mike Kennedy, Ryan Sewczwicz, Kyle Sewczwicz, Engineering and Public Works Director Pete Sewczwicz, Mayor David Belle Isle; Public Safety Director Gary George, Councilmember Jim Gilvin, John Maloney, Alpharetta traffic engineer, Councilmember Chris Owens, Eli Veith, Alpharetta traffic engineer, and City Administrator Bob Regus. (click for larger version)
The new road includes a roundabout linking several adjoining streets. It is the first step in the development of a new city hall and city center in Alpharetta. 2013 will see much construction and development of the site.
JONATHAN COPSEY. (click for larger version)
January 08, 2013ALPHARETTA, Ga. — The city of Alpharetta opened the newly relocated section of Haynes Bridge Road Dec. 29 two days ahead of schedule.
Beginning at noon, the public was able to use the new road section between Old Milton Parkway and Academy Street.
Motorists are advised that the opening of the road coincides with the beginning of operation of a new traffic signal located on Academy Street. The traffic signal is located between First Baptist Church and the Academy Park neighborhood.
A portion of the road was shut in October because construction had fallen four months behind schedule.
This is one of the major developments in the Alpharetta City Center Project. The portion of the road was relocated to combine the 26-acre site and pave the way for construction of the new Fulton County library branch on a 3-acre site donated by the city.
In an effort to catch up, the road between Old Milton Parkway and Academy Street was shut.
The work was delayed due to inclement weather in the city as well as severe weather throughout the region, which diverted local utility workers to help, said Alpharetta Engineering Director Pete Sewczwicz.
With no workers, the construction could not continue as scheduled and, as Sewczwicz put it, the delays snowballed from there.
By closing down the entire section of street, workers were able to expand their scope of work to complete the contract.
The new road includes a roundabout at the junction between Haynes Bridge Road, the entrance of Publix and the new city hall road. Completion of the road segment is the first milestone in the development of Alpharetta's City Center Project, for which site work will begin in early 2013. The former intersection of Haynes Bridge with Academy Street will remain closed to thru traffic for the time being.