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Local Voices: Dead Man's Curve - Abernathy/Brandon Mill Road

The Abernathy / Brandon Mill Road construction project has been a whirlwind of emotion for the locals.

Having spent a fair amount of time in Sandy Springs I can say with great confidence: the Abernathy / Brandon Mill Road construction project has been a whirlwind of emotion for the locals. 

We’ve laughed.

We’ve cried.

We’re ready for it to wrap up.  

In my opinion, one of the most important; yet oft-overlooked key elements to any street system is its constancy. By that I mean – when I’m on a blacktop road anywhere else in the United States, I can drive the speed limit with nearly 87.3% confidence that the road itself won’t peter out, suddenly turn into a goat path, run off into a river, or climb a tree.

When I pull up to the Brandon Mill / Abernathy Rd. light tomorrow morning – where will the lanes go? Each day dawns a new and exciting commute adventure filled with surprises.  Last Monday I managed to end up on the backside of Arlington Cemetary before I realized I wasn’t nearly to work.  There is a nice little neighborhood back in there somewhere – it’s a pity I’ll never be able to find it again.

Remember when you could top the rise on Brandon Mill without pulling over to pray first?  Those were happy times. 

I’m not complaining though. I know these things take time. As an educated, long-time resident of the city I have a much broader view. I also take great comfort in knowing that one day my now-unborn children will drive off to college knowing that the interchange will be completed very soon.  Of course, that assumes some unlucky motorist doesn’t sail over dead man’s curve at the Brandon Mill / Abernathy intersection and put an exclamation point on my obituary.

For you who are unfamiliar with the intersection and construction project of which I speak – I’ve included a small graphical representation above. You may have to click on it to view. If you click several times to no avail – please stop clicking.

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David Davis August 11, 2011 at 09:11 PM
Jimmy, it's good to keep a sense of humor about all this. Even though the "construction that will never end" has been a terrible inconvenience for residents nearby, and even though Sandy Springs has lost significant tax base with the destruction of over 40 affordable houses, we can all take comfort in the knowledge that folks across the river in East Cobb will soon be able to drive even faster through our neighborhoods on their way to someplace else. Somehow that all makes it worthwhile for me. And even more exciting is that soon we will get those great and largely useless "linear" parks they promised that won't be safe to use because cars will be whipping by at 60 mph. Won't that be special? BTW, loved the graphics.
Tracy Turner August 18, 2011 at 12:38 AM
I wish you would see the BLIND CURVE on Brandon Mill at Lost Forrest. This is an accident waiting to happen. People fly up Brandon Mill all day long, no Blind Curve Sign. No Blinking Lights, No side walks, no nothing. This is very DANGEROUS!
DJ August 24, 2011 at 12:16 PM
This area will be an signature area for the City of Sandy Springs once the park is finished. How awesome to take 70 old run down dilapidated homes and build a signature park for the entire community to enjoy. New green space! I look forward to the finished product!
jim derrick September 01, 2011 at 06:46 PM
I like green space too. But this "park" is about the size of a postage stamp. If this is a signature park then I suggest that we not sign anything else that Cobb County and their Senator in D.C. present to us.
DJ September 03, 2011 at 01:43 PM
Jim - look at the master plan for the park - It is a great size park. The park will run on both sides of Abernathy from Roswell Road to River Valley. In one article your complaining Sandy Springs does not have enough green space and in the next breath your complaining one of our new parks under development is to small. Sandy Springs can't win with you Jim!
jim derrick September 04, 2011 at 02:01 AM
Seriously? It is not a park if people are driving 40 mph just 20 yards from the center of it. DJ what is the flavor Kool Aide that you drink? I think Cherry. Do you honestly think people are going to enjoy this park with traffic going right through the middle of it? "Look at the master paln for the park"... I drive by it all the time... I look at it with my eyes. We need a park on the west side of Johnson's Ferry side. There is NOTHING there. If the city wants to help they need to increase the pace of buying the space on Riverside Drive. That could be a beautiful park. This space on Abernathy is pitiful and I underatnd that Cobb County was dragging their feet on helping to pay for the "beautification" of the space. Did they ever give Sandy Springs its 13 pieces of silver?
Bob September 26, 2011 at 11:53 AM
For those in favor of the spaghetti park, you do realize there is no onsite parking, no side street parking and I am reasonably certain the folks that own the shopping center where L A Fitness and Hinton's Savvy Cellar are located don't want you parking there either.
lz November 16, 2011 at 08:05 PM
I agree that Brandon Mill is very dangerous now and wonder if the stop sign will be permanent. I am really uncomfortable when I travel down Johnson Ferry, south to Abernathy and try to get into whatever that odd turn lane there is supposed to be to turn left onto Brandon Mill. VERY dangerous because people zoom up behind me from Johnson Ferry and have no idea there is a turn lane only ahead of them as they come to Brandon Mill. One more thing, why are there two gigantic entrance walls and some sort of matching pillars(for lights, maybe?)at the entrance to Breakwater S/D off Johnson Ferry??Who is paying for this and why does only this particular S/D get such an over-the-top entrance to their neighborhood?

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