$400,000 crosswalk, path system for F’ville

It may take some time before the funds are released, but in the end there will be a new pedestrian-friendly look to the area around Piedmont Fayette Hospital and beyond.

The Fayetteville City Council on Oct. 6 approved a memorandum of understanding for a $400,000 project that will install an enhanced crosswalk on Ga. Highway 54 at the hospital and 8,500 feet of multi-use paths extending through the Togwotee Village

retail area across from the hospital, effectively linking it with additional multi-use paths to be constructed in the area of Lester Road to the south.

City Public Services Director Don Easterbrook said the $400,000 award through the Ga. Dept. of Transportation-administered federal Transportation Enhancement program will fund the design and construction of an improved pedestrian-friendly crosswalk on Hwy. 54 between the Piedmont Fayette Hospital and the Togwotee Village retail and residential area.

The project is also expected to connect hundreds of homes along Lester Road near the Cleveland Elementary School and Bennett’s Mill Middle School areas to the Togwotee Village site immediately to the north, Easterbrook said.

Funding permitting, the plan also calls for the installation of sidewalks along Lester Road linking the schools with nearby subdivisions. Additionally, the concept plan also shows the installation of sidewalks on the south side of Hwy. 54 from Lester Road on the west to the area of Sandy Creek Road to the east.

The plan also shows a multi-use path that extends to the south of the Togwotee Village commercial and retail area and intersecting with Lester Road just east of the Bennett’s Mill Middle School/Cleveland Elementary School area. Funds permitting, the plan shows the potential for sidewalks to extend along both directions on Lester Road.

“Our goal with this project is to provide a new crosswalk that feels safer. The current crosswalk between the hospital and Togwotee Village requires a pedestrian to cross the entire Hwy. 54 roadway in a single cycle time of 35 to 40 seconds. We are considering a pedestrian refuge island in the Hwy. 54 median. This will allow people to cross halfway on one traffic light cycle and the other half on the next cycle,” Easterbrook said.

“The project also includes cart paths to connect several hundred homes in the Lester Road area to the new crosswalk. This linkage across Hwy. 54 is important now and will become even more important in the future as the hospital area grows.”

Easterbrook said the project will take some time to accomplish. Request for proposal letters will have to go out followed by a design phase that could take approximately one year. Actual construction could be as far away as 2014.

The city’s 20 percent match will come from existing local 1-cent sales tax funds.

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Shucks, give me just half of that $400,000 and I will personally

walk anyone across the highway at the hospital 24/7. Whata waste of money---sure are lots more things we could spend that money on. Guess i would feel differently if I owned property that would benefit from this (if there is ANY benefit) as it seems some of our CC members will. Must be nice to use the taxpayer's money without their input or against their desires in order to line your own pockets.

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Just build a new strip mall

Why break Fayetteville precedent? Just build a new strip mall on the same side of the highway as the hospital - the fad restaurants will locate there, leaving the center across the highway to run into rot and vacancy.

Steve

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"Illegal and immoral" crosswalk... seriously?

Once you get past the initial sticker shock of $400,000 (it's a grant, we only match 20%) you can see it is a good idea. You have a huge hospital and medical support buildings on one side of Hwy. 54 and a slew of restaurants on the other side. Why not build a pedestrian friendlier crosswalk to help protect all the people who cross (or want to cross) the highway every day for lunch?

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And I hate to admit, 5-0...

...that I'll benefit from such a plan. I could then walk to El Reposo and get my margarita fix w/o a designated driver!

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20% BS

So the rest of the 80% just comes down from the sky? BS! We pay for it all one way or another, including the cost of borrowing, the cost of mismanagement, the cost of kickbacks, the cost of cronyism, and the cost of cost overruns.

Steve

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Just can't wait for this crosswalk. Can't imagine anything I

would enjoy more than being in the middle of the highway as cars go whizzing by. I guess this crosswalk is to benefit those visiting patients in the hospital who want to get a bite to eat and get their adrenaline flowing at the same time. Why doesn't the FC council just write one big check to the developers at the beginning of the fiscal year and save on paperwork? It makes no difference what the people want done with their taxes-this council has it's own agenda and will continue to do as they please as long as no one stops them--and they believe they are unstoppable--why not, haven't they proved that in the past--and the present?

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DON'T POST IN ALL CAPS Who In Their Right Mind?

notice the wording in the first sentence. it says, "a new pedestrian-friendly look to the area." the operative word is "look."

the first sentence of paragraph #8 says, "our goal with this project is to provide a new crosswalk that feels safer." the operative words here are "feels safer," as if walking across a multi lane state highway could ever feel safe.

Webmaster says: Don't post in all caps.

who, exactly, is going to be walking across state hwy. 54 from the hospital to the togwotee village?

why would anyone in their right mind want to risk crossing state hwy. 54 to go to or from the hospital?

thank goodness the hospital is there. it might be a good idea to have medical personnel stationed at the crosswalk with a gurney.

the article also says the plans include sidewalks "from lester road on the west to the area of sandy creek road to the east." why?

could it possibly be that mayor steele, developer bob rolader, and old family developers trammell/horton have big plans for high density housing developments in the area?

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Risk . . . great call.

its GOT to be better than what Peachtree City did at the intersection of 54 & 74. As a driver, sure, I love it. When walking, man, what a scary prospect. All you have to do is look at a sky cam shot, count off 10 lanes, and go, NOBODY was thinking about pedestrians when they expanded like this. Its too bad pedestrian concerns are overlooked when trying to clear up traffic. I wonder if any of the city staff have actually used this crosswalk since the expansion. If you have the least disability, you canNOT get across 74, over to The Avenue in the time 'given' by the countdown sign.

From Google Maps:

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=30269&hl=en&ll=33.397093,-84.590424&spn=0....

TEN LANES????????????????????????????????

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Hey losislandtloser

are you done with the PTC trashing yet?

54/74 intersection was designed and built by the GADOT using their standards-these are state highways you dope. PTC was not involved in the planning of this or the sidewalks or the lights there. When you are done moaning about everything PTC, go find a phone somewhere in Senoia (I think there are 2) and call GADOT to file your complaint. And unless you walked to The Avenue from Senoia, next time you might try to drive across the intersection in your vehicle. It's a breeze.

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The Crosswalk To Nowhere

G-Haven't you heard? The tenants of the shopette up the road and the Waterlace ghost town were told that a high school was going to be built right across the street (North side) to sustain those thousands of new students that never appeared. I believe the diversion of traffic from the downtown feel and roundabout area to this area is the dream scheme.

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Correction, Grassroots...

...it's now 'The Canoe Club' - not Waterlace anymore (still a $400K+ subdiv)! I live nearby and my neighbors moved in just for the new HS, so they're not happy that this is happening NOW; at least they got the new middle school, but their kids will graduate from FCHS.

As for the sidewalk, they'd need to carry forward the one on Lester Rd. that ends @ Cleveland Elementary, and then also put one down Old Norton Rd. - there's 6 subdivisions down that way (7 if the Canoe Club takes off!); it might get used then. A new HS would sure mean a lot to the Canoe Club developers (hmmmmm....)!

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You Are So Right, Grass

And if you will recall, the property for the high school was purchased by the BOE from Cousin Addison Lester's family trust.

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ginga1414

All your answers are on The Citizen front page coming out tomorrow. You hit the nail on the head.

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moe

They just couldn't wait until tomorrow.

There is going to be one hugely interesting Commission Meeting tomorrow night!

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It was

in my copy of the paper this morning.

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50cents

my mistake. Hope it didn't ruin your day.

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mlc

Just stating a fact, hope you can get the twist out of your panties.

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lost

no twist here, you just enjoy stating meaningless facts going forward, ok? Whatever makes you happy.

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MLC: You sound like the Elizabeth Warren crowd

Start something with a snarky comment and then howl when you get the response from it.

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gee, nuk

what's your dog in this? Sounds a little snarky coming from you. Look outside the sun is out, going to be a beautiful fall day. Enjoy it.

BTW, Betty Warren can't hold a candle to Scotty. What he accomplished taking over Teddy's seat will be left as one of the most astonishing feats in Ma. politics. For the voters to regress back to her would be just like the old times, unfortunately for Ma., if she wins.

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MLC: You're right!

My apologies for interjecting into a nothing :) I'm getting some fresh air.

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I credit Cal Beverly and staff

for getting this story out as a result of listening to "The Citizens" on here mostly knowing this was a back door plan all along. I don't fault Historical Concepts in this planning. Thank heaven they were involved to direct this properly.

I do feel that the timing of all of this WFB is putting the cart way before the horse. Money that could have been redirected to pay down debt and/or used to repair and replace aging infrastructure in this county is now a total lost opportunity. So now we will have a new WFB, sitting mainly empty for the next 3 to ???? years as the sidewalk cement cracks and the weeds alongside those sidewalks accumulate and we do not have the money (already) to maintain any of this NEW infrastructure. Just compounding an existing problem we have now in the county. FC doesn't even properly maintain the median of Hwy 54 that is the only east/west highway we have now.

What is the commitment from Piedmont Hospital to expand? They have their brand new cancer center here. Non-profit, if I understand correctly, as is the rest of their operation. Yet, they are in a huge expansion mode in Newnan and will also have to fight the FOR profit cancer center being built out there, which will leave them with the uninsured and nonpaying patients that the FOR profit center will not take. That will affect their bottom line at some point. Are they counting on Southern Regional to fold, as they are just about underwater now? Planning on getting the patients from there? Egad.

No, this is purely and simply a failure of citizens here to actually monitor what should be trusted county reps. And one mayor who has been in office so long that corruption will be his legacy. To trust them to do what is right and to adjust ways of thinking to the current economic times. Instead, 3 stupidly stubborn men and a current mayor and the commissioners who came before them have said screw you to the county of Fayette Ga. and done what will benefit them over what is best for the others who live here. What promises have been made by Ken Steele to others about all of this?

If ever there was a reason to vote a mayor out of office, Fayetteville voters now need no other justification than this. His actions not only are impacting that city, but the whole county at this point. The other 3 stooges (the pothead, the lying sinner and the beyond old fart) will be gone next time around.

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I just can't believe there is no newspaper taking an in-depth

look at what is going on in this situation. If it is not illegal it sure is immoral. Would make a good situation for the AJC to do an in-depth article regarding the whole thing. Would be interesting.

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Thanks, moelarrycurly

I just can't wait to see what they will come up with next.

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Which Came First: The Promise of the Paths to Devlopers

Or did the developers build first then get the local governments to plan this project? Are there really 'hundreds of houses ' directly in this area? I was told that Bennett' was way under capacity. I've always suspected the WFB , these pet projects and the ghost town of Waterlace (abandoned 1300 lots with no houses) and the schools were connected. But then again, we at the WFB Coalition have been known to be radical skeptics. We'll wait and see on this one. If the need is really there then so be it. I also suspect an end game budget of around 2M when all is done.

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This looks like it is time to follow the money

God knows it is not the taxpayers who benefit from this stupid useless project.

I'd like to know who really benefits from this. And certainly the $400.000 spent for a crosswalk is over the top. And stupid. Does Lee Hearn have some more relatives south of the hospital? Ken Steele? What a stupid waste of money.

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Sidewalk from Brooks

Why not put in a sidewalk from Downtown Brooks to Starrs Mill HS...

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Well, Mud

Apparently Lester Rd. was named after Cousin Addison's family and Lee's extended family.

It could be that Bennett's Mill Middle School was named after Cousin Commissioner Bennett Lee Hearn's family.

You are so right. The taxpayers won't benefit from this useless project.

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...new crosswalk that feels safer...

"We are considering a pedestrian refuge island in the Hwy. 54 median."

So this way we can have cars and trucks zooming by on both sides as one waits at this refuge.

Intersections are inherently dangerous and to be stuck in middle of one just doubles the odds against the pedestrian. Maybe they'll put out some cement barriers but this will only complicate things as the motorist visibility can be compromised leading to....you guessed it, more accidents.

If the city is really inerested in the safety of pedestrians crossing SR 54, I would suggest dropping the speed limit to 25 MPH and extend the pedestrian light to allow them to completely cross. But for gawd sakes don't strand them in the middle of the dadgum road.

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Cyclist, It's All Lipstick

"A pedestrian refuge island in the Hwy. 54 median" is just a little lipstick for Mayor Steele's pig.

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