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Photos: Road Work on Ashford Dunwoody and Mt. Vernon Road

Road crews are currently working on prepping Mt. Vernon Road west of Ashford Dunwoody for sidewalks and bike lanes - a major city issue.

City road crews were busy at work on Mt. Vernon Road Tuesday - spurred along by relatively mild summer temperatures.

According to city contractors, they were installing an area for sidewalks from the corner of Mt. Vernon Road west of Ashford Dunwoody Road on the south side of the street.

Construction equipment, including small Bobcats and other earth haulers, were being staged at one corner of Dunwoody Baptist Church.

The sidewalks, when completed, will extend all the way to the Sandy Springs line, say city officials.

Despite an array of orange warning barrels lined up Tuesday at the intersection, traffic seemed to be moving along with minimal delays - at least during the none peak rush-hour traffic.

There's a reason for that. City officials say that the actual road paving and curb and gutter work have been completed on the road. Mt. Vernon, when newly reconfigured, will create 5-foot bike lanes on both sides of the road for those who want to bicycle and take advantage of the major arterial street that leads to the North Springs MARTA station and beyond.

The city project is a step forward for creating more bike lanes in the city. Some 3 miles were created last year, say city transportation officials. Some 3.5 miles are expected to be constructed this year, they say.

The total cost of the Mt. Vernon construction project is estimated to be $384,000, and is expected to be completed by early October - weather permitting.

For updates on road project information check the city's website at www.dunwoodyga.gov.

 

Added bike lanes are a controversial issue in Dunwoody. Some say it's dangerous because roads are narrowed a bit to accomodate the lanes. What do you think? Should Dunwoody become a more bike-friendly city or remain automobile-centric?

Leave us a comment below.

Jason Massad August 14, 2012 at 07:33 PM
What do you think, are bike lanes a feel-good waste of money? Are they dangerous to motorists?
Emily August 14, 2012 at 08:57 PM
I don't think Dunwoody is a bicycling community today, but it doesn't mean it won't transform into one in the future. Especially as more and more safe bike lanes begin to be installed over the next decade and places like Dunwoody Village become destination points again.
Jason Massad August 14, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Hmm. That's a thoughtful comment. What do you thin it takes for Dunwoody - a suburban community in large part - to become walker and bike friendly?
Emily August 14, 2012 at 11:40 PM
If Dunwoody Village became more of an urban center with a mixture of 2-3 story townhomes and duplex units, where "right sizers", young urban professionals, could be close to work and easily ride bikes, I think the Village would take on a whole new life. Several new good restaurants have already established themselves in the area. We just need some housing to support more pedestrian traffic.
Joe Seconder August 15, 2012 at 12:47 AM
All of the city's plans: Comprehensive Land Use, Master Transportation, Dunwoody Village, Georgetown and Parks -- clearly spell out the residents desire to make Dunwoody more walkable and bikeable -- providing people a choice in short trips. I don't want to stop anyone from driving in their car. Georgia Bikes did a scientific poll through the University of Georgia last year that found that nearly 80% of adults would ride a bike IF they could do so safely. Dunwoody has a "Complete Streets" policy, which states when we are building or repairing our roads -- ALL users of the streets will be accommodated when practicable. That means doing what the city has been doing: Retrofitting bike lanes and installing sidewalks. We only have 12 square miles, and linking each note is about 2 or less miles apart: Georgetown, Dwy Village, Jett Ferry, Perimeter. 2 miles at a VERY slow pace takes less than 15 minutes on a bike. At this rate, in another few short years the city will have built a contiguous network of bicycle lanes and trails. As these segments are connected, you'll see an explosion of people - families, senior citizens, kids -- out on bikes in our city. References: http://georgiabikes.org/index.php/resources/35-georgia-resources/175-2011-survey http://www.completestreets.org/webdocs/policy/cs-ga-dunwoody-policy.pdf
JB August 15, 2012 at 01:09 AM
We have been revisited by elevated gas prices that were seen in the early 1970's. It is important that we make urban improvements such as bike and pedestrian lanes, more mass transit as solutions in responce to the loss of a limited resourse. I think it is best to be ahead of the curve than behind.
Ima Reader August 15, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Drawing white lines on Roberts Drive and Dunwoody Club does not make safe bike lanes. More housing in Dunwoody Village. Just what we need. More cars and less room for them with the narrowing of Dunwoody Parkway.
James Tola August 15, 2012 at 02:07 PM
I know two avid bike riders who have been hit by motorists in and around the Mercer University area. They pedal from that part of town to Dunwoody regularly. Dunwoody is doing a good thing to retrofit new road improvements to include bike lanes. Not only do cyclists take a few more cars off the road, they also show that exercise is not just for the gymn. It is no surprise that the U.S. has skyrocketing health problems stemming from poor eating and exercise habits and so by providing safe and accessible ways for folks to exercise while sharing our roads we enjoy a win-win for the community. Metro Atlanta was built for the car and now the car should have to share a piece of the pie! James Tola Keller Williams Realty
Joe Seconder August 15, 2012 at 03:18 PM
FYI / see below for the reference to the latest national MINIMUM standards for bike lanes as specified by AASHTO. Dunwoody Club Drive does not have bike lanes. The following roads have 11-ft travel lanes and 5-ft bike lanes: Roberts Drive, North Shallowford, North Peachtree (along Chestnut Elementary), Peeler (segment from Chamblee Dunwoody toward Brook Run). And just completed this month: Ashford Center Parkway & Perimeter Center East - connecting to existing lanes on Perimeter Center West (this road just completed a "Road Diet" - went from 4 lanes to 2 lanes). Forthcoming Bike Lanes on Lake Hearn Drive (connecting to the existing lanes on Perimeter Center Parkway) and the aforementioned segment on Mount Vernon. References: Bike Lanes: http://www.bicyclinginfo.org/engineering/facilities-bikelanes.cfm Road Diets: http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/provencountermeasures/fhwa_sa_12_013.htm Lake Hearn Drive: http://www.perimetercid.org/factsheets/Lake_Hearn_Perimeter_Summit_Parkway.pdf Dunwoody Transportation Plan: (Read up about the planned roads for bike lanes, etc.) http://www.dunwoodyga.gov/Departments/Public_Works/Comprehensive-Transportation-Improvements.aspx
miamimike21 August 15, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Hopefully, the bike lane will be kept clear of debris so that riders don't end up in the car travel lane anyway.
Ronald Martin August 30, 2012 at 01:03 PM
In reference to Emily's comment that Dunwoody isn't a cycling community, she should come out to one of many group rides that Dunwoody Cycling has. There are over a hundred cyclists in and around the city and there may be more. And as more bike lanes are made the more cyclist there will be.

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