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Sandy Springs to contribute $5M to Ga. 400 bridge projects

Artist’s renderings depict proposed new bridges carrying Pitts Road and Roberts Drive over Ga. 400, with the enhancements requested by Sandy Springs. CITY OF SANDY SPRINGS
Artist’s renderings depict proposed new bridges carrying Pitts Road and Roberts Drive over Ga. 400, with the enhancements requested by Sandy Springs. CITY OF SANDY SPRINGS

The Sandy Springs City Council has approved an agreement with the state that will ensure bicycle and pedestrian elements for three new bridges across Ga. 400, at a cost of more than $5 million to the city.

The Georgia Department of Transportation plans to replace bridges at Spalding Drive, Pitts Road and Roberts Drive as part of the Ga. 400 express lanes project, Public Works Director William H. Martin Jr. said in a report to the council.

GDOT’s plans provide for only vehicle lanes and a five-foot-wide sidewalk for pedestrians. Without additional bridge improvements, “there will be major gaps” in the city’s Master Trail Network, Martin said.

In its agreement with GDOT, Sandy Springs will contribute $5.5 million for the enhancements. They include a 12-foot-wide shared-use path on the Roberts and Pitts bridges; a 10-foot shared-use path on the Spalding bridge; a four-foot-wide raised buffer between the paths and vehicle lanes; a five-foot-wide bike lane on Spalding; and five-foot-wide sidewalks and decorative railing/fencing on all three bridges.