BROOKHAVEN, Ga. - Brookhaven is one of the fastest growing areas in Atlanta, and with more people come some growing pains. City leaders are now asking for input on how to manage that growth along a busy corridor and your opinion matters.
Ernest Baker lives in Brookhaven and walks his dog, Prince, along a busy Ashford Dunwoody Road. "It's major traffic here. From Ashford Dunwoody, Johnson Ferry, back along Ashford Dunwoody, rush hour is real intense, morning and evening," Ernest says.
The congestion is one reason city leaders are looking to improve this 3-mile stretch between I-285 and Peachtree Road.
"In certain sections of the road, we have upwards of 30,000 vehicles a day traveling this road and we have to be able to move those vehicles and also provide access to businesses, schools, parks and homes," says Richard Meehan, the Director of Public Works for Brookhaven.
After meetings in the spring and a traffic study, engineers are now asking the public what they want to see. "In a lot of the envisioning we're doing, we're looking 10 to 20 years into the future and projecting growth out that far as we're developing the solutions for this corridor," Meehan adds.
"This is a wonderful location in Atlanta, so it would be really nice if it became a place that was welcoming to cyclists and walkers and sports and stuff," Ernest says.
Luckily for Ernest, that seems to be part of the plan. "We've brought in world class traffic engineers here who are taking a look at what we can do to move all kinds of traffic, not just vehicle traffic, but bicycles, pedestrians," explains Linley Jones, Councilwoman for District One.
"This is one of the signature roads in the city and it's going to be a part of the community, it's going to define the community for many years in the future, and we want the community to be able to define that," says Meehan.
Ernest is excited his opinion matters, "I look forward to coming to the meeting and see what's happening."
he drop-in style community workshop for improving Ashford Dunwoody Road will be Monday, September 12th from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at Marist. Engineers will present some proposals and then the recommended vision will be sent to the city council in the fall.