Did you know that when our neighborhoods need traffic signs, signals and street lights, unless there is a tragedy, it could take years for community requests to turn into reality?
Well, it is sad, yet true. Last night, I went to a well attended Fulton County Town Hall meeting. There was a good Q&A session at the end led by the Commissioner and lots of Fulton County staff who helped answer residents questions. It was very informative. Attendees asked hard questions and were pleased with answers. Below are my concerns that are spelled out in a request I sent to the City Councilman C.T. Martin, State Senator Tate and State Rep. Metze for the area on Atlanta’s southwest side. I will keep you posted on the progress of this request:
Councilman C.T. Martin, Sen. Tate and Rep. Metze,
I attended the town hall meeting of Commissioner Emma Darnell. During the Q&A, I inquired about two things:
1) The lights that have been out for a number of years under the I-285 underpass at Cascade Road and continues to be a serious safety issue because it is so dark.
Their response – the money has been approved for that and the lights should be on before the end of the year. (Note: NPU-Q, Eric Toomer and I have been working on that for over a year. Before that, NPU-Q and Eric had been working on this for a couple years prior.)
2) The three-way stop sign on Fairburn Road at Mays Crossing. Due to the ongoing construction and traffic accidents along the I-285 corridor between I-285 & Cascade and Hollowell, motorists use Fairburn Road as an alternate route.
As a result, the traffic on Fairburn Road backs up between Mays Crossing and Walmart entrance.
Their response – We are familiar with that issue. But, that is in the city of Atlanta.
Last month, I discussed this to a DOT Engineer who is aware of the problem. I also discussed this with Kathy Crawford, the chair of NPU-H. She also acknowledged the problem and the reason they do not have a Transportation Committee is there are not enough people who want to help. She supports the issue, yet does not have the manpower to follow-through on it. So, now I am turning to you, as our elected officials, for your help. Will you take this issue, identify funding sources, and see what other community groups can help so that you, me, local residents, and anyone using Fairburn Road as an alternate route will not have to continue to suffer such long delays when I-285 is backed-up?
The traffic signal this intersection needs would be the same as the one at the YMCA on Campbellton Road and at Tyler Perry Studios on Continental Colony Parkway.
Thanks for all you do to help sustain our southwest and northwest communities,
Sherry B. Williams
Proud to be an Atlanta Native