Senoia plans to change intersection
by Alex McRae
Entering Senoia from Georgia Highway 16 at Pylant Street may be easier in a few years now that the city has agreed to execute a Project Framework Agreement with the Georgia Department of Transportation.
The action was taken at Monday’s meeting of the Senoia City Council.
When the project is completed, the intersection at Pylant Street and Hwy. 16 will be a right-angle turn heading north into the city instead of the present acute angle turn.
The new intersection will be safer and more efficient.
The Project Framework Agreement does not address the details of the design or engineering studies. It outlines the role of each party — Senoia and GDOT — mostly in terms of funding responsibilities.
As things stand, GDOT will pay for 80 percent of the project and the city of Senoia will pay 20 percent. GDOT’s payment will be in the form of reimbursement once the city has funded 100 percent of the costs.
Phase I engineering work is currently estimated at $100,000. Phase II and III construction costs are estimated at $1.7 million.
Preliminary work on the project could begin as early as July. Tentative scheduled completion is 2017, although it was pointed out that those dates “Are not set in stone.”
In other business:
• The mayor and council continued to discuss ways to improve large truck traffic flow through downtown Senoia. At present, large tractor-trailers — especially those entering town on Rockaway Road from the direction of Peachtree City — have trouble navigating tight turns off off Main Street. As a result, damage is being done to pavement, curbs, signage and lights, city officials said.
Alternate routes for large trucks were discussed, as were the possibilities of erecting a sign or signs on Georgia Highway 74 near the intersection with Rockaway Road advising trucks to enter Senoia by traveling down Hwy. 74 to Georgia Hwy. 85 to Georgia Hwy. 16 and into the city.
Councilman Larry Owens said GDOT had advised such a sign could not be placed on state right-of-way. Discussions will be held with Peachtree City officials about placing signs on Peachtree City right-of-way. Further talks will also be held with GDOT officials.
• Approved was the use of the Freeman-Sasser Building for the Backpack Buddies program. The program offers meals, mentoring and enrichment programs for school-age children during the summer months. April Anderson, representing Backpack Buddies, thanked Senoia for its cooperation with last year’s program and promised her group would again do a good job of cleaning and maintaining the area after use.