SUWANEE UPDATES PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLE PLAN
City Council adopted an update to the 2007 Alternate Modes Transportation Plan last night. The new plan, called Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan, identifies 50 improvement projects to be implemented over a period of time ranging from this year to beyond 2030 at a total cost of almost $11 million.
The 13 top-priority projects, identified in Tier I, are slated to be implemented through 2015 at an estimated cost of $1.7 million, provided that funding can be identified. These projects include:
- “sharrow” pavement markings and signage for along the right side of travel lanes on roads with lower traffic volumes, which re-enforce cyclists’ authorization to use the road and not the gutter
- intersection modifications (e.g., pedestrian countdown timers, raised islands, and streetlight improvements) and installation of a pedestrian hybrid beacon that will make crossing Peachtree Industrial Boulevard safer
- installation of small pieces of sidewalk along Martin Farm Road, Scales Road, Buford Highway, Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, and Suwanee Creek Road where there are gaps in the existing system.
“This plan,” notes Planning and Inspections Director Josh Campbell, “will serve as a guide for implementing pedestrian and bicycle facilities that will continue to enhance Suwanee as a walkable community. We’ll reassess the plan and priorities regularly as we complete projects, obtain funding, and determine firmer costs.”
The City plans to use SPLOST monies, grants, and other funding sources for these projects; completion of projects will depend upon funding availability.The updated Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan is available on the Documents and Downloads page at www.suwanee.com.