“If we had one left turn lane at an intersection and have a project to add a turn lane, then I don’t know if another lane is going to be needed,” he said. “If there’s not as many people on the road, congestion is probably not going to be as bad.”
The director said he evaluates the need for road projects based on several considerations: Expanding roadways to accomodate more traffic is a consideration, as are improvements that help drivers navigate, such as new striping.
An existing road safety improvement that Roswell has in the works is the Atlanta Street Historic Gateway project, which would eliminate a reversible lane of traffic and widens the road to 4 lanes. Construction is not scheduled until 2023, but design work must be funded in the next fiscal year, said Rauf.
The Historic Gateway project will cost about $50 million with 80% funded by the Georgia Department of Transportation, he said.