Ga. 400 interchanges to see new landscaping

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ALPHARETTA, Ga. – The Alpharetta City Council unanimously approved spending $441,362 to help the North Fulton Community Improvement District (CID) landscape the intersections with Ga. 400.

The CID has helped the city plant new landscaping at all the intersections with Ga. 400 – Mansell Road, Haynes Bridge Road, Old Milton Road and Westside Parkway. The project involves turf care, plantings, mowing, tree pruning and debris removal.

“This is a great partnership,” said Alpharetta Public Works Director Pete Sewczwicz at the Jan. 6 meeting. “We want [the intersections] to be maintained.”

Both Sewczwicz and North Fulton CID Chairman Brandon Beach said the landscaping was important to establishing a sense of place when visitors come to the city.

“When companies see our exits, they know they have arrived at a great place,” Beach said.

The cost to the city is $39,722 this year, which is half the overall cost to maintain the exits. The CID will make up the remaining half. The overall cost of the contract is $441,362.

Russell Landscape will perform the work, having come in as the lowest bidder for the contract. They already maintain the Windward Parkway and Old Milton Parkway interchanges.

ALSO AT THE MEETING:

The Big Apple Circus will return to Alpharetta for the second year.

The Alpharetta City Council unanimously approved the circus to be held again at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park Jan. 29 through Feb. 17.

Council has to approve circus events that last more than four days, which is why the item came before them Monday night.

“The event went extremely smoothly last year,” said Richard McLeod, community development director. “They are a well-run operation.”