DOT hears public comment on three area road projects

DULUTH - Cars lined Main Street in rush hour outside City Hall as citizens arrived to see the rerouting plans transportation officials revealed at a town meeting Tuesday evening.

In conjunction with the city, the Georgia Department of Transportation invited the public to comment on these three proposed road changes:

- Extension of Ridgeway Road north to McClure Bridge Road at its intersection with West Lawrenceville Street and building a roundabout.

- Extension of Davenport Road north from Buford Highway and tying into the current end of Hill Street at Hardy Boulevard intersection.

- Realignment of Ga. Highway 120 from Buford Highway north to Hill Street.

No formal presentation was given, but DOT and city officials displayed the three proposed projects and welcomed comments from citizens, who gave mixed reviews.

Duluth native Troyce Jackson will have two properties affected by the rerouting, but he said it must be done.

"Traffic is awful, and it's our hope that this alleviates that," he said. "Change is difficult on most people. I try to step back and look at this in the broad perspective."

Officials have been planning the traffic transformation for about three years as part of a Livable Centers Initiative and as the second phase to the Duluth Town Green project.

Construction is expected to last from 2008 to 2009. Each of the three projects is expected to cost $4.7 million overall and take 18 months to complete, according to officials.

Displays of the project can be found at the Duluth City Hall located at 410 Hurricane Shoals Road in Lawrenceville. The phone number at the area office is 770-339-2308. Comments can be made at www.dot.state.ga.us.

- Staff writer Camie Young contributed to this report.