The battle over streets and ways to streamline the increasing numbers of cars one the road with the continued population growth in Brookhaven bubbled over at recent City Council meetings. Noted improvements at the intersection of Donaldson Drive and Ashford Dunwoody Roads began this week which is work that was originally required under the Development of Regional Impact study initiated by the Atlanta Regional Commission.
The improvements include installation of a primary traffic island on Donaldson to facilitate the right-hand turn from Donaldson Drive in the northbound direction Ashford Dunwoody Road. The traffic signal will be adapted to eliminate left turns from Donaldson Dr. which will extend the time of a green light for through traffic.
This will provide a significant reduction in the wait time during peak hours at this intersection. The Public Works Director expects a 35% decrease in wait time at this intersection. He is estimating outbound traffic delays to be cut in half.
Current traffic on Donaldson Drive wanting to access the southbound lane of Johnson Ferry will be routed to Blair Circle. After much discussion, public testimony and heated discussions, there will be no change to Johnson Ferry inbound traffic turning left on to Donaldson Drive.
Many of these changes were noted in the Johnson Ferry Redevelopment Plan commissioned over 11 years ago when the DeKalb County Housing Authority proposed the Brookleigh project to upgrade the aging Johnson Ferry East apartment complex built in 1948. This area complex consisted of 59 buildings and a community center situated on 50 acres of "park like land" in front of Johnson Ferry Road. Over 360 of the complex’s 498 units were designated for the aged population over 65. The county record shows over 16 meetings were held during the years of 2005 and 2007 and community input contributed to the results of the recommendations and improvements which were included in the study. Funding was in part state and primarily federal sources for housing redevelopment.