Alpharetta Kicks off Downtown Plan

Alpharetta kicks off downtown plan
By Rachel Kellogg
The city of Alpharetta broke ground last week on a road construction project that marks the first step in its Downtown City Center revitalization project.
Members of the City Council and other officials kicked-off the relocation of the section of Haynes Bridge Road between Old Milton Parkway and Academy Street in Downtown Alpharetta.
“It’s going to be a great thing for the downtown to have this project completed in a couple years, and I’m looking forward to seeing it finished,” Mayor Arthur Letchas said at the groundbreaking event.
At last week’s City Council meeting, the city of Alpharetta awarded a $2.29 million contract to C.W. Mathews Contracting to construct the new alignment of Haynes Bridge Road, shifting the roadway to the east beginning just north of Old Milton Parkway.
According to Councilman Chris Owens, the company has done work for the city in the past and has completed projects early and on budget.
The project also includes the addition of a traffic circle near the intersection of Thompson Street and the addition of parallel parking along the northern section of the roadway.
To create a more pedestrian-oriented environment in Downtown Alpharetta, the newly constructed section of Haynes Bridge Road will have only two travel lanes for cars.
According to city officials, the movement of Haynes Bridge Road had to be the first phase of the larger project.
Shifting the roadway to the east unifies the 24-acre site and opens that part of the property that will be home to the new Fulton County Library that will begin construction in 2012.
At the groundbreaking, Letchas pointed out that the original plan for the City Center development, which was voted down by council in 2009, was only a seven-acre site.
“[This project is] something we’ve worked on for a long time,” Letchas said.
“But with good things, there’s a reason why they’re delayed for so long sometimes, and I think it’s come out to be a much better project by waiting.”

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