45 roads to be improved this year

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ALPHARETTA, Ga. – With a cost of $2.4 million, dozens of Alpharetta streets will be resurfaced and milled, improving worn down streets.

The City Council unanimously approved the roadwork at their Aug. 4 meeting. Alpharetta maintains over 500 lane miles of roadway and each year, the city budgets money for the milling and resurfacing of these roads. Accomplishing this task extends the roads’ useful life and increases the roads’ ability to handle traffic volumes.

Alpharetta Director of Public Works Pete Sewczwicz said the city initially budgeted about $80,000 less than the final amount, with the increased price being attributed to the rise in the cost of asphalt. Sewczwicz said he would need about 26,000 tons of asphalt for all the roads.

“There are some big streets and a lot of small streets,” Sewczwicz said.

The city grades each street on a scale from 1 to 100. Those roads with lower scores require more work. This year, the city plans to improve 45 roads. Some of the roads will be worked on at night. Those roads are Haynes Bridge Road, Mansell Road, Mayfield Road Extension and Milton Avenue from Old Canton Street to School Drive.

Sewczwicz said all the work should be finished by June 30, 2015.

Also at the meeting:

The City Council unanimously approved extending a moratorium on telecommunication towers until January 2015.

City Attorney Sam Thomas told the council the moratorium was initially put in place in May of this year for the city to put together a plan on where to allow cell towers. The request for proposals (RFP) to get a company to study where the towers should go has taken longer than anticipated.

“We need to extend the moratorium to get the study completed,” Thomas said.

As well as extending the moratorium, Thomas said there was an unintended consequence of the original moratorium that barred telecom companies from fixing, upgrading or modifying their existing towers. The new moratorium includes language to remedy this.

“We want to make sure our infrastructure technology is where it needed to be,” said Mayor David Belle Isle, explaining why the moratorium was put in place. “There are some issues in general of coverage and capacity [of cell service]. We felt strongly with the economic development role Alpharetta plays is to make sure we have coverage covered in our commercial corridors. There is a real interest we stay not just with the curve but ahead of the curve.”

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