But with Brookhaven not having a golf cart ordinance and the City replacing the former pedestrian use intended bridge with another that is not rated for golf cart or any other kind of vehicular traffic, bollards were installed to keep them off. The bollards were later removed however, after Brookhaven Bolt 5K organizers appealed to City Hall. They said the bollards would have created an unsafe condition for some 2,000 runners that are funneled down from a wide street to the narrow bridge.
According to City Manager Christian Sigman, the City will work with Bolt organizers after the popular 5K race is run, a race that is the single most important fundraising event for Ashford Park Elementary School each year. This year marks the Bolt’s 10th Anniversary and will take place on May 20th.
Sigman said the City has been thinking through whether boulders may be a better option than granite bollards, a potential solution with a more natural look. He said boulders may be more aesthetically pleasing and cheaper to install at locations that do not impede the race, but still restrict vehicular access to the bridge.
“We want this important annual community event to be successful,” Sigman added.
The bridge replacement project is a $142,000 project that popped up out of nowhere when the City was made aware sections of it appeared to be degrading. After the City confirmed with DeKalb County it was actually Brookhaven’s property, an inspection was performed last November. Subsequently, the bridge that was originally constructed in 2006 connecting Camille Dr. with Valvedere Dr. by the County, was closed due to the finding of unsafe conditions.
What do you think? Boulders or Bollards?