Sandy Springs held an open house, Tuesday, on upcoming construction for the bridge replacement at Northridge Road and Ga.
Crews are expected to start stage one in early October. A bridge lane off the northbound exit will be closed during construction. The new wider bridge will have five lanes, two bike lanes, and an improved free-flow lane from Ga. 400 northbound to Dunwoody Place; separated from travel lanes on Northridge by two feet. A sidewalk will be on the south side of the bridge, and a roundabout will be constructed at Northridge and Somerset Court.
Residents in the Northridge Forest neighborhood are concerned about the amount of trees and greenery that will be cut down. It has provided privacy for the community.
“We just hope to save as much wooded buffer between us and the highway as we can,” said Peggy Freedman. “Those of us in the neighborhood hope they will only take what they need to.”
David Centofanti, president of Northridge Forest Neighborhood Association praised the City of Sandy Springs and the Georgia Department of Transportation for including residents in the planning process. “But what’s happened now [that] the plans are done, things have been signed,” he said. “Contracts are in place, so changing it is tough. So as things unfold and we see the things that we weren’t expecting, [trying to alter plans - ] that’s going to be our challenge going forward.”
Stage one construction is expected to run through fall 2014. At that point, stages two and three will include construction of Ga. 400 northbound and southbound exit lanes. The project is targeted for completion by Sept. 30, 2015.