Construction on the extension of Charlotte Drive, also known as the Northeast Crabapple Connector, is now complete, according to a news release from the city of Milton on May 15. The $2.3 million road is now tentatively being referred to as a continuation of Heritage Walk, which is the name of the road behind Crabapple Market in downtown Milton and the same road on which Milton City Hall sits, the release said.
The project—which extends Charlotte Drive from Mayfield Road to Birmingham Highway—has been under construction since February 2019, Community Impact Newspaper previously reported. Its design was intended to give drivers a way to bypass congestion in the downtown area, beginning and ending at two new roundabouts: one at the intersection of Heritage Walk and Birmingham Highway, and the other at the cross between Mayfield Road and Charlotte Drive, the release said. The roundabout at Mayfield and Charlotte is undergoing finishing touches.
"This is a major milestone for Milton and our growing downtown," Milton Mayor Joe Lockwood said in the news release. "It's a crucial connection in the city that should be a magnet for people who will live along it, eat at its restaurants and otherwise enjoy it for years to come."
The new road will house the Market District at Crabapple project—an eight-building, mixed-use development that will include residences, restaurants, a food hall and office space, Community Impact Newspaper previously reported—as well as the Town Center East development. Town Center East is a nonresidential, mixed-use development project that will include retail on the first floor as well as offices and other uses on upper floors, the release said. This three-story building will sit on Mayfield Road facing the Milton Library, and the project is under construction.
Timeline: February 2019-May 2020
Cost: $2.3 million
Funding source: Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, or TSPLOST