This project is part of the Georgia Department of Transportation's GA 400 Express Lanes Project, which will add optional, tolled express lanes from the North Springs MARTA station to McFarland Parkway in Alpharetta. GDOT's project is not expected to begin construction until 2022.
Eric Bosman, the vice president of engineering and design firm Kimley-Horn and Associates, said GDOT's preliminary design shows basic 5-foot sidewalks; however, he said they could potentially make the sidewalks wider with a barrier wall between travel lanes and sidewalks to allow pedestrians to have separation between themselves and the cars.
Cost estimates for all three bridges total about $3.7 million, Public Works Director Pete Sewczwicz said during the workshop.
Additionally, preliminary discussions on the city's fiscal year 2020-21 budget and the effect the coronavirus has had on the budget continued in the April 20 workshop. At the April 6 meeting, council members and Finance Director Tom Harris discussed multiple options for balancing the anticipated $3.38 million deficit—including removing 2020 and 2021 merit raises, keeping currently-frozen open positions frozen though 2021, and adjusting discretionary budget and capital funds—but nothing was solidified during the April 20 meeting.
Harris said he is still working with department leaders to determine the best course of action for the FY 2020-21 budget. All council members said they would prefer to hold any funds from current capital projects that have not yet been committed or projects that have not been designed and move those monies into the unallocated category for use in FY 2020-21.
"We should take a very conservative approach going into next year," Council Member Karen Richard said. "I think we're going to need it."
To view all the renderings for the bridges, see below: