Haynes Bridge Road section closed beginning Oct. 11

Council agrees to seek NRA gun safety program

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ALPHARETTA, Ga. – The rebuilding of Haynes Bridge Road to fit in with the new City Center project is more than four months behind schedule. To make up for the lapse, a portion of the road will be closed beginning Thursday, Oct. 11 at 9 a.m. until the end of the year in order to get back on track for preparing for the new City Hall.

The road will be closed from Old Milton Parkway to Academy Street.

According to Engineering Director Pete Sewczwicz at the Oct. 1 council meeting, the roadwork is a full four months behind schedule, and completion by the end of the year is threatened unless the road is shut down to traffic.

“We are very confident they will be done by the end of the year,” Sewczwicz said. He added that if the road was not closed to traffic, the work would take well into next year to finish.

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. 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 will be able to expand their scope of work to complete the contract quickly, hopefully by the end of the year.

The road would have been closed at some point regardless of the delays in order to put in the proposed roundabout, said City Administrator Bob Regus.

Also in the council meeting:

*Alpharetta’s police asked the mayor and council Oct. 1 to submit a grant to get an eagle costume.

But it’s not just any eagle costume. It’s a costume to teach firearm safety to children.

Called “Eddie the Eagle,” the $3,000 costume would be worn by a police officer or other city worker. The entirety of the money would be paid for by the National Rifle Association if the grant is awarded.

“It’s not about whether guns or good or bad. It’s about what do you do if you find a gun,” explained Grants Administrator Amanda Day.

The Eddie Eagle gun safety program teaches children in pre-K through third grade four important steps to take if they find a gun. These steps are presented by the program’s mascot, Eddie Eagle, in an easy-to-remember format with four rules: If you see a gun, stop, don’t touch, leave the area and tell an adult.

“Even if you don’t own a gun yourself, if you don’t teach your child about gun safety, their friend could have one, and then there is a novelty effect,” said Officer Terry Joyner. “Everyone needs to know basic gun safety – don’t touch it and tell and adult.”

*Council accepted a $200,000 grant to renovate the baby pool area into a splash pool at Wills Park. With a 50 percent match, Alpharetta will have to pay $100,000. The grant is from the Land and Water Conservation Fund and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. The money was budgeted for.

*$151,774 was awarded to Ruppert Landscaping for the completion of the 2012 tree plantings as well as the design and installation of landscaping along Kimball Bridge Road at Waters Road. Nearly 100 trees and 3,000 shrubs will be planted. Nearby HOA groups will have input on the designs.