A series of traffic modifications is being proposed to alleviate congestion at Peachtree City’s busiest intersection. Jill Howard Church for the AJC

At Issue: How much should Peachtree City pay to improve traffic?

Peachtree City’s intersection of Ga. Highways 74 and 54 has long been ground zero for traffic jams. Commuters and shoppers passing between Fayette and Coweta counties spend many an aggravating wait to get through the signal lights, especially on Highway 54 (Floy Farr Parkway) during rush hours and on Saturdays.

Many Peachtree City residents avoid The Avenue, Home Depot, Walmart and other retail sites during peak traffic times, and cars often back up in the shopping center parking lots. Residents in the Planterra Ridge subdivision report feeling trapped by commuter traffic.

With even more residential and retail development underway along MacDuff Parkway and Line Creek Drive, the city is accelerating plans to alter traffic flow and reduce congestion, even if, as Interim City Manager Jon Rorie recently told the city council, some improvements may only be measured in seconds gained, not minutes.

But nearly all residents agree more needs to be done, and soon. The question is, how much should the city spend on traffic measures that might offer only modest improvement?

Depending on the project, some of the road work will be paid for by the state, some by the city, and some by private developers. Short-term projects will cost several hundred thousand dollars, while longer-term modifications will cost millions.

Construction itself will cause further traffic disruption.

So tell us, what’s the cost-benefit limit? 

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