I spent a few minutes at Dunwoody High School last night talking with city officials about the two proposals to alleviate the traffic congestion during rush hours at the Vermack/Womack intersection. One proposal is a roundabout (above). The other is a traffic light (below). The cost of the projects range from $600,000 to just north of $1,000,000.
Either project will solve the traffic issues, but not without creating other problems - mainly safety concerns for children walking to school, and encroaching on neighboring properties. And, oh yea, there's the price tag.
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Not only would this plan be prohibitively more cost effective, but likely do a better job in alleviating traffic issues. It definitely would be safer than either of the city's proposals (and city officials will tell you that safety needs to come first).
I know the city spent in excess of $100,000 to perform a study and hire a company to come up with their two proposals, but to me, the neighbors' solution is far superior. At the very least, the city should test this plan to determine if it works. The cost would be minimal. Why not at least give it a shot? And, if it works, it would give city officials an additional $600,000-$1,000,000 to
Just my two-cents worth.