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Dunwoody Reporter

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Residents favor MARTA expansion west of Ga. 400 COMMUNITY 2

‘Quirky fun’

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AUG. 22 — SEPT. 4, 2014 • VOL. 5 — NO. 17

Perimeter Business

Spruill Arts Gallery showcases local photographer OUT & ABOUT 18

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Residents welcome new design for interchange

Time for helmets and heat

BY JOE EARLE

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Fax Reynolds lives close to I-285 in Sandy Springs, so he worried that plans to remake the Perimeter Highway’s intersection with Ga. 400 into a huge, multi-level interchange could bring noisy cars closer to his home. He was pleasantly surprised by what he saw on the wallsized maps unveiled by state transportation officials on Aug. 19. It looked like the proposed new collector roads would still be raised above the level of his home, he said. “It sounds like they are going to keep them above us, which is kind of nice,” he said. Besides, he said, the proposed $900 million remake of the interchange is needed to keep traffic moving through the Perimeter area. About 400,000 cars now travel through the intersection, GDOT officials said. “It’s a huge problem in Atlanta,” Reynolds said. “Sitting in traffic is terrible. If we have to sacrifice a little bit, I understand that for the sake of getting cars moving.” State Department of Transportation officials propose to remake the I-285-Ga. 400 intersection into a five-level interchange with collector and feeder roads stretching from west of Roswell Road to east of Ashford Dunwoody on I-285, and from Hammond Drive in the north to the Glenridge Connector in the south along Ga. 400. A GDOT consultant said the project would add three lanes

JAMES BARKER PHOTOGRAPHY

Dunwoody High School’s football Wildcats return to the field this fall after a 3-7 season last year. See a special high school football section on pages 20-23.

SEE RESIDENTS WELCOME, PAGE 6

City receives $1 million to build traffic management system BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE

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City officials have secured a $1 million federal grant to extend fiber optic cable from the existing traffic-control network in the Perimeter Community Improvement Districts to signals in the Dunwoody Village area. Director of Public Works Michael Smith said the goal is to aid traffic congestion and provide signal relief, and he wants to extend the cables “as far as the money will take us to get 90 percent of our signals connected.”

“We have all the signals in the Perimeter area pretty well connected and they’re connected on the Sandy Springs side throughout the PCIDs,” Smith said. Dunwoody officials agreed to put up $265,000, of which $85,000 was budgeted in this year’s budget, to match a portion of the federal grant, Smith said. The agreement to receive the funding through Georgia Department of

JOE EARLE

Mayor Mike Davis, left, discusses with Rick Otness GDOT’s proposed plan to remake the I-285/Ga. 400 intersection into a five-level interchange.

SEE CITY RECEIVES, PAGE 30

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