Brookhaven, GA, August 10, 2017 – Opinion by Alan Walker – As a daily traveler through the “cluster” of an intersection at Ashford Dunwoody Rd. and Johnson Ferry Rd., I would like to say that all of the hullabaloo about the “disastrous affects” changing the traffic patterns on Donaldson Drive appears to have been just hot air. It has improved traffic flow and reduced congestion – as it was designed to do more than 10 years ago. Go figure.
I’m a City of Chamblee resident and have lived in the Sexton Woods area for more than 30 years and have traveled through this intersection twice daily – sometimes more. I was here before the DeKalb County Housing Authority introduced the Brookleigh project to upgrade the old Johnson Ferry East apartment complex that was built in 1948 (a project I opposed). So I’ve been here a day or two and have spoken my mind.
But, this time I may have been wrong. I said the Donaldson Drive traffic pattern change would not work and the City of Brookhaven should join the City of Chamblee in pushing back on this project that was required by a Development of Regional Impact Study more than 10 years ago by DeKalb County when the Brookleigh project was approved.
Yesterday, I left my Medical Center job at 5:00 as I normally do and came down Johnson Ferry Rd. There is normally traffic then. None. Believe it or not. Then, I turned left onto Ashford Dunwoody Rd. and drove up to I-285 and tried coming back on Ashford Dunwoody Rd. Once I got back to the area of Blackburn Park, I did find traffic backed up. But this time, instead of waiting four or five traffic light cycles to get through the intersection, it only took one.
So, it appears I was wrong. And while it is a minor inconvenience to go to Blair Circle to turn left so I can get home, the project does cut out a traffic light and just by doing that it has helped tremendously. At least at this point and it didn’t cost taxpayers any money so that’s a plus.