Progress is being made on the project that moves Haynes Bridge Road to curve around the Alpharetta City Center’s eastern side, according to Pete Sewczwicz, the city’s director of Engineering and Public Works.
“The original layout like it’s been approved in November 2011 is still in the works, is still being taken care of,” he said.
He said the contractor is scheduled to start construction of the roundabout near the end of October.
“Basically, being done with everything, we are looking at March,” Sewczwicz said.
That includes all of the punch lists, site stabilization, cleaning up erosion controls and the back fill along the curb and gutter.
What has held up obvious progress has been utilities. Fulton County’s Water Department had been working on Thompson Street with water and sewer.
The last thing the city wants to do is install a road and then six months later the county comes in and tears it up, Sewczwicz said.
Georgia Power’s main distribution lines to serve North Fulton runs along the existing road, he said. The power company wants to get started in mid to late fall , before the winter season and large uses of power start.
“The goal of the contractor is to have the asphalt installed this year. We are doing everything we can to keep that moving,” he said.
The city hopes its contractor can start work in two months on the roundabout planned at the Haynes Bridge Road-Thompson Street intersection. But a date hasn’t been set.
“We don’t want to do anything with the Haynes Bridge Road roundabout that would affect the library,” he said. “We want to coordinate, so if the library wanted to start construction tomorrow, they could.”
The new Alpharetta branch of the Atlanta-Fulton Library System is planned on three acres of land just north of the roundabout.
The original plan was to open the road at the end of the year as phase one of the project. The roundabout was phase two, and work on Academy Street, including its existing and the new intersection with Haynes Bridge Road, being phase three.
Sewczwicz said they don’t want to close the northern section of Haynes Bridge Road.
“We are hoping to do everything without having to do a detour. That is the plan right now,” he said.
Source: Alpharetta Patch