Alpharetta plans to reopen its government operations in stages following the statewide lifting of the shelter-in-place order on April 30. Safety measures required for employees and the public will be put into place, but the city gave no timeline for how it will phase in the reopening of departments.
Council members also approved a contract to Chattahoochee Group, Inc. for up to nearly $192,000 to build a midblock crossing for pedestrians with a partial median and traffic signal at the intersection of South Main and Marietta streets.
The project will not remove any turn lanes at the busy area near Publix Supermarket, Salt Factory restaurant and other businesses, but will slow traffic heading into the downtown, said Councilman Dan Merkel, who has described crossing the street there as dangerous.
“It’s a long way walking across the street right there,” he said. “This will make it much better. I’m very happy that this has been put together.”
The crosswalk construction will not get underway for several months, said Public Works Director Pete Sewczwicz, and will be completed around January 2021.
“This is just another step in making our downtown pedestrian friendly,” said Councilman Jason Binder. “It’s a good move for our city and our citizens.”