Come to the City Council meeting Thursday at 6:30 p.m. to see how the state is planning to make things better for thousands of motorists —
The Georgia Department of Transportation is calling it a displaced left turn, and it’s supposed to improve traffic flow through Peachtree City’s busiest intersection, the long-lamented junction of Georgia highways 54 and 74.
DOT engineers are giving a glimpse of their plans during the City Council meeting Thursday evening at 6:30 at City Hall. But that comes after Mayor Vanessa Fleisch delivers her state of the city address, part of which may touch on the traffic aggravations faced by drivers on a daily basis trying to get around in the state’s first planned city.
Installation of any additional or modified turn lanes at 54/74 may eventually ease traffic woes, but what’s described as a $9 million planned reconstruction project will cause some significant short-term unheaval to some businesses clustered around that major intersection.
The DOT preview Thursday night may hint at the extent of such changes, but a longer, closer look will be available during the DOT’s information open house the following Thursday at the City Library from 5 to 7 p.m.
“While there will be no formal presentation, the public is invited to attend any time during the open house to view the project, ask questions, and comment,” according to the city notice about the library event.
The displaced left turn will likely be the largest traffic disruption on the two state highways since the two-lane roads were four-laned two decades ago.
The problem intersection is much on the minds of the City Council and staff, as indicated during the Dec. 12 meeting.
Councilman Kevin Madden volunteered at that meeting to champion a bypass solution, but City Manager Jon Rorie noted that any solution would face head winds from Coweta County, Senoia and Tyrone.
Rorie said it was not as simple as building another road.