Brookhaven, GA, August 1, 2017 – The Post Reports — Improvements to the intersection of Ashford Dunwoody Road and Donaldson Drive are set to begin in early August, work that was originally required as part of a Development of Regional Impact study done by the Atlanta Regional Commission ahead of the Brookleigh development in 2007.
Improvements will include the installation of a traffic island on Donaldson Drive to facilitate the right-hand turn from Donaldson Drive to northbound Ashford Dunwoody/Johnson Ferry Road. The traffic signal will be modified to eliminate left turns from Donaldson Drive, thus extending the time for green lights for through traffic.
“This will be a significant reduction in the wait time at this intersection during each traffic light cycle during peak hours,” says Brookhaven Public Works Director Hari Karikaran. “Morning traffic inbound will see a 35 percent decrease in the wait time through this intersection. The delay for outbound traffic in the afternoons will be cut in half.”
Existing traffic on Donaldson Drive seeking access to southbound Johnson Ferry will be routed to Blair Circle, which was created for southbound access. There will be no change to Johnson Ferry inbound traffic turning left on to Donaldson Drive.
Some 10 years ago, DeKalb County Housing Authority initiated the Brookleigh project to upgrade the aging Johnson Ferry East apartment complex that was built in 1948, a complex which consisted of 59 buildings and a community center situated on 50 “park-like acres” fronting Johnson Ferry Road. Approximately 380 of the complex’s 498 units were designated for the elderly. Vouchers were given to the existing families to relocate from Johnson Ferry East to other rental properties of their choosing.
County records show approximately 15 community input meetings were held between 2005 and 2007. Input from those meetings resulted in improvements to the corridor and were incorporated in the DRI study, improvements which are to be fully or partially funded through State and Federal Funding mechanisms.
As the work progresses, signage notifying commuters of the changes will be positioned August 1. All work should be complete before August 15, weather permitting, according to the City.