Two big-budget transportation projects for Peachtree City will need money from the Fayette County Commission to proceed, as the city has no other method of funding them.
The Peachtree City Council is expected Thursday night to formally vote to petition the county for funding of both projects: improvements to the intersection of Peachtree Parkway and Crosstown Road, and a new “gateway” cart path bridge across Ga. Highway 54 at the western city limits.
The city is hoping to convince the Fayette County Commission to fund both projects from revenue from the countywide transportation sales tax that ran from 2004-2009.
City staff is recommending that a proposed traffic light for the Parkway/Crosstown intersection be removed from the project. Instead, the city would be adding additional lanes to the intersection to help traffic move better. With the traffic light, the city was due to get $444,000 in state funding, but another $774,000 would be needed to finish the project.
The “gateway” cart path bridge on Hwy. 54 West will need a $1.03 million contribution from the county. The city already owns land for the bridge site on the northern side of Ga. Highway 54 West, at the corner of MacDuff Parkway. The bridge would link the Shoppes at Village Piazza shopping center with the path along MacDuff Parkway.