PTC faces challenge in road funding

Sales tax fund dry; Crosstown tops repair list

Because of rapidly deteriorating pavement, Peachtree City officials plan to completely repave the section of Crosstown Drive from Peachtree Parkway to Ga. Highway 74. The project will cost an estimated $230,000 and will involve grinding up the existing roadbed to form a new surface.

“There is potholing on the road,” Public Works Director Mark Caspar told the city council last week. “... It’s also such a highly traveled road.”

Coming up for road repair funding this year will be more challenging for the city because the city’s funds from the 2004 countywide transportation sales tax are almost completely extinguished. One concept that has been floated is putting a general obligation bond on the referendum for voter approval.

Another perhaps simpler method of raising the funds would be via further budget cuts or a property tax increase, given that the sales tax funds, along with state and federal grants, have covered the funding of nearly all road repair and improvements in the city since 2005 at least, resulting in a savings to the general fund and thus city property taxpayers.

While that shifting of the road repair burden to the sales tax resulted in a number of out-of-county shoppers paying into the process, those tax collections are over and the burden is almost certain to shift back to city property owners in one form or another.

Councilman Eric Imker suggested making an appeal to the Fayette County Commission to release funds to the city since the commission is expected to cancel some of the remaining projects it had targeted for SPLOST spending, including the third phase of the West Fayetteville Bypass.

If the county could be convinced to do so, it potentially could cover several years of road repair in the city, Imker said.

As for Crosstown Drive, the city also plans to replace stormwater pipe underneath the road that also is deteriorating, Caspar said. The project has the potential to cause problems not just for commuters who use Crosstown to access south Peachtree City but also for the businesses along Crosstown including those in the Braelinn Village shopping center.

This section of Crosstown is on the city’s list of roads considered to be in the “worst” condition. The other half of Crosstown, stretching from Peachtree Parkway to Robinson Road, is also on that list with a price tag of $349,000.

Rounding out the list are Rolling Green, Westpark Drive, Hilltop Drive (west), Clover Reach from Clover Green to Hwy. 74, Commerce Drive from Westpark to Aberdeen Drive and Southworth Court; these projects have a combined estimated price tag of $268,000.

In addition to the roads in need of repair and repaving, the city also has a list of cart paths which need to be repaved this year. Just like its road system, the city uses a scoring rubric to determine which paths are in the worst condition and in need of the most immediate repair.

Those paths include:
• Robinson Road to Strathmore;
• Peachtree City United Methodist Church to Spear Road;
• Woodruff Way to path marker 0503;
• Path marker 1103 to Waterwood Bend;
• Path marker 15009 to 700 Westpark Drive;
• Path marker 2120 to Clifton Lane;
• Crofts Corner to path marker 0306;
• Path marker 0305 to Shetland Circle;
• Short path at Gables Court and Stevens Entry;
• Stonington Drive to Vanderwall;
• Path marker 1230 to Red Roan Court;
• Path marker 0317 to Welton Way;
• Fishers Luck to Peachtree Parkway; and
• Haddington Lane to Haddington Lane.

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PTC's deception with "Scoring Rubric"

Peachtree City is deceiving us with a phony technical term: "scoring rubric". It implies that there is a scientific method to determine which project gets done next. It is not scientific. It is subjective and biased. And not only is there no citizen input (the City ignores actual public input) but the Council doesn't even review or vote on the projects.

"Scoring Rubric" is the in vogue way of saying "good ole boy system".

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Why would the city even consider repaving before the Kroger construction is finished? How many heavy trucks and trailers will be brought in there to expand that store? Machinery that will need to be delivered, supplies brought to that site? Dumpster trips in and out of there to remove tons of cement block walls and the lower roofs that will come down? Mature trees will be coming down in back. Those have to be hauled off, whether in once piece or ground up. Not to mention new HVAC equipment, new freezers, etc. Also, new asphalt paving equipment to repave the driveway out in the back. Make sure Kroger ONLY uses Crosstown for this, and no other city streets.

How about we widen the corrugated metal path tunnel under Crosstown at Taco Bello so that (gasp!) we can have traffic going both ways at the same time thru the tunnel? The sight line from coming from the Taco Bello to the shopping center to enter that tunnel is just about non-existent right now anyways. How much more traffic will be generated on that path with the new store? My guess, lots. So we don't have to install a mini traffic light at the path tunnel, just widen the tunnel. Or, install a 2nd tunnel next to the existing one. That metal tunnel has to be 20-25 years old, at least.

All they are going to do is eat up any new asphalt laid down. How do we know there are no repairs or improvements that will need to be done that will involved digging up sections of Crosstown to finish the store addition? Have engineering studies even been completed for the Kroger?

Yes, it is a highly traveled road, and yes there are potholes, as there are on many, many city streets. How about waiting for the construction to be finished, than study the new traffic patterns there coming in and out of the shopping center. See the affect it will have on any widening necessary from additional shoppers. Then, and only then, spend money to repave. Do the whole road from CubeSmart to Robinson all at once. There are potholes and other existing problems on the east portion of Crosstown, too. That road that the GDOT put in from Hwy 74 to Cubesmart should last for the next 10-15 years, easy. Get started now on the funding, but hold on to it and do NOT re-purpose it for any other project(s).

Can we just plan this forward for a change so we don't go digging up a newly paved road for repairs or widening within a few years of what should be a virtually fully occupied shopping center?

May I suggest any heavy equipment be brought in thru the roundabout entrance and instructions given to get as many wheels over the center curbing and into the mud there over the center island, just to facilitate the total destruction of that p in the a waste of valuable driving/parking space?

That's all I have for now. I have to get back to work on designing the new Dome for Artie in the ATL now. Buh bye.

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When did common sense come into play? It might be fun to withstand two paving operations. The first we can identify the problems than blame Kroger truck traffic and have them pay for the repairs, lol

Go design the new dome and make my suite extra nice with safe parking.

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Common sense H & F

Nah, just my 2 cents. Which is about what we have to pave a pothole in this city, much less a road.

Kroger is doing us a favor, as they have already and will point out to us many, many times coming up over this project. Not that us spending our hard-earned money there will benefit their take home pay in any way.

I am formulating multiple parking bays inside the new Dome, right next to each suite. Safe, nearby, and only for the richest of rich. They will have room for a golf cart, too, as I am envisioning a big grassy area where you can also go play golf and a little soccer with the kids as you wait for the opening kickoff. It will be named Falcon Field. Oh wait a minute, I gotta rethink that last part. Already taken. The entrance to your suite area will be called The Gates. Oh darn, forget that one, too. How about a small but very well equipped shooting range right next to Artie's owner suite? The signs directing you there will say, "Come shoot some Blanks-this way" (for safety's sake, of course). So little time, so much to do.

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News Flash for Councilman Imker

FC needs $15M for Stormwater Infrastructure Repair and you want to ask the Board of Commissioners to dish out big bucks to PTC for road repair? Don't think that's gonna happen!