Traffic backs up on Hammond Drive in Sandy Springs in this shot from a Channel 2 Action News video.

Sandy Springs advances Hammond Drive planning

Sandy Springs officials have approved a “scoping” study with the state and have acquired another property for future improvements to the Hammond Drive corridor from Roswell Road (Ga. 9) to Barfield Road.

The scoping and concept study with the Georgia Department of Transportation will be funded by a $240,000 grant from the Atlanta Regional Commission, according to a staff report prepared for a recent City Council meeting where the work was approved. The grant requires a 20 percent local match by the city.

In related action, the Council approved spending $325,000 to acquire a 62-year-old house and its approximately half-acre lot at 400 Hammond Drive for the future street widening. A purchase contract identifies the seller as Shuisheng Xu. So far, the city has bought seven homes in anticipation of the widening.

Hammond is a mostly two-lane road, surrounded by houses, that connects downtown Sandy Springs with the Perimeter Center commercial area. To improve connectivity, the staff report lists such possibilities as added lanes, upgraded intersections, transit access and accommodations for bicyclists and pedestrians.

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