Northern PTC-Coweta link discussed; new bridge over Line Creek eyed

Council declines to seek regional funding, wants more data from Coweta officials

An under-the-radar project that would link Fayette and Coweta counties with a new bridge across Line Creek was met with some skepticism by the Peachtree City Council last week.

The “Northwest Collector” would extend from the as-yet unbuilt northern segment of MacDuff Parkway, aligning with north Kedron Drive, into Coweta County where it would link with Minix Road.

Ultimately, council decided not to seek regional transportation sales tax funding for the road, at least in part due to the unknown of how the road might affect Coweta County.

Council agreed to investigate the matter in the future.

There was some concern that Coweta might use the road as an opportunity to enable significant development, as was the case several years ago when work began on the extension of TDK Boulevard. That project died after it was revealed that Coweta commissioners approved a 3,100-home subdivision with related commercial and office space on its portion of the road.

Peachtree City officials determined that the Coweta development, then called “McIntosh Village” would send significant traffic onto Ga. Highway 74 south at TDK Boulevard/Crosstown Road.

What made matters worse was the the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority in January 2007 ruled that the TDK bridge would have to be four lanes wide instead of two to accommodate the future traffic from Coweta’s massive “McIntosh Village” subdivision. That created fears that the city would have been forced to four-lane the entire project at a significant cost.

Having faced significant public outcry against the project, the Peachtree City Council in June 2007 voted unanimously to kill the project, and the local funding that would have built it.

Mayor Don Haddix said he viewed the proposed Northwest Collector as being similar to the TDK fracas.

“I guess the reason I didn’t rank this one as high is because in my mind this is another TDK and I didn’t see a lot of public support for this,” Haddix said.
Councilman Eric Imker had a different view, however.

“I don’t see a problem with Coweta traffic coming to the north side of Peachtree City there, and going north,” Imker said. “That to me doesn’t seem like a TDK type of situation.”

Later in the meeting, Imker said he didn’t think the Northwest Collector was anywhere close to being like the TDK situation.

Resident Beth Pullias expressed concern about the project during citizen comments.

“I hesitate to recommend a road unless it benefits the residents of Peachtree City,” Pullias said. “I am not sure this road benefits Peachtree City as much as it does Coweta County.”

Another problem faced by the road is how it would change existing development plans in the area. The current plan to build new homes there does not account for the Northwest Collector, city officials said.

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Take The Blinders Off!

To fix the commute problem one must upgrade the entrance and exits to I-85 from Fischer Road, the Hwy 74/ I-85 ramp, and the ramp at Hwy 138 and I-85 to handle at least two lanes north and south. merely accessing Hwy 74 around Kedron only amplifies the traffic issues thru Tyrone where the backlog is destined to begin. This ain't just a Fayette County Problem!

It does seem odd that those most vocal on this seem to be those that do not commute (Commissioner Brown, Mayor Haddix, and all the other self proclaimed experts). Have they considered upgrades on Fischers Road from Hwy 34 to I-85 and all the 'developer' money that can be made? The same can be said about Peters Road off Hwy 138, but most of us realize that most of this encompasses Coweta and Fulton Counties our elected representatives remain mum.

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Thankfully Imker Vowed To Only One Term In Office!!!

"Well I don't see any problems with Coweta building houses and sending their traffic up through Peachtree City to get to I-85, duh, the traffic is bad now anyway so why not?"

Imker ran as a budget wizard just like Harold Logsdon did. The results have been exactly the same with higher taxes and more stupid stunts.

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When is the last time a one-term vow was kept?

Approximately never. Once they get a little bit of power they seem to think they are the only salvation for the city/county/whatever.

Imker is good because he will not bend to political hacks trying to build alliances for even more control. He may or may not be the best choice in November. We shall see who else steps up. I am sure many will. The Haddix antics need to be kept under control by 3 or 4 grownups on city council.

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Fix 74 and I 85 at the same time

If you make a Northern Connector collector and dump traffic onto 74 North at Kedron you will alleviate traffic at 74/54, that is a good thing.

As Doc. Fischer gets developed and more cars head to 74, it is imperative to get the connection at I85 streamlined to handle the increases in traffic. The fastest growing area in Fayette is Tyrone and will continue to be so, as well development will continue from Oakley Industrial South to our county line.

Get ahead of this now and it can be a win win for all.

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jackyldo & identity

why do I get this feeling that you and Mayor Haddix are one & the same?

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74 Fix?
jackyldo wrote:

If you make a Northern Connector collector and dump traffic onto 74 North at Kedron you will alleviate traffic at 74/54, that is a good thing.

As Doc. Fischer gets developed and more cars head to 74, it is imperative to get the connection at I85 streamlined to handle the increases in traffic. The fastest growing area in Fayette is Tyrone and will continue to be so, as well development will continue from Oakley Industrial South to our county line.

Get ahead of this now and it can be a win win for all.

Your logic is flawed. The more development and more traffic collectors and dumping of traffic onto large roads precipitates more traffic lights and gridlock. This is inherently contrary to the concept of "streamlining." There is nothing streamlined about 74 right now and this will continue with each new traffic light. If you build it, they will come. But it's a disservice to then make main arteries more accessible and gridlocked with traffic lights.

And it's laughable that Imker doesn't have a problem with clogging north Peachtree City/Fayette County with Coweta traffic because he doesn't commute outside Peachtree City. For those of us whose careers take us to the airport or Atlanta, this just further complicates commutes up 74. Imker seems to be unable to look past the short-term dollar signs. Coweta residents chose to live in Coweta- just as many of us chose to live in Peachtree City. Let them travel 85 or the established 54/74 routes to 85. Stop sacrificing Peachtree City residents for the sake of Coweta's.

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Need revenue PTC?

Let them build the road. Let them build houses. Let them use it as a shortcut to 74 North. So what.

It takes traffic away from 54/74. We can sell all those new homes sewer service and reduce the rates for current customers (what was the reason for the recent rate increase?) and best of all, park a police car or 2 on 74 every morning and write 50-100 tickets to commuting Cowetians. Cash cow.