Sandy Springs, Dunwoody cops to work I-285/Ga. 400 project

Artist’s rendering depicts the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange after its reconstruction is completed four years hence. Off-duty police officers from Sandy Springs and Dunwoody will provide security for the project. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

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Artist’s rendering depicts the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange after its reconstruction is completed four years hence. Off-duty police officers from Sandy Springs and Dunwoody will provide security for the project. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

The Sandy Springs and Dunwoody police departments will coordinate the activities of off-duty police officers working the Interstate 285/Ga. 400 interchange reconstruction under an agreement approved recently by the Sandy Springs City Council.

Most of the project is within the Sandy Springs city limits, but because of the undertaking’s size, Sandy Springs alone cannot provide all the officers needed for safety and security, Police Chief Kenneth DeSimone said in a memo attached to the Council agenda packet.

To provide adequate police coverage and ensure Sandy Springs officers do not work such long shifts that their on-duty performance suffers or becomes unsafe, “it is necessary to find alternate staffing,” DeSimone said. “To increase the pool of available off-duty officers for the project, both Sandy Springs and Dunwoody police officers could be permitted to provide off-duty services to the contractor.”

The Georgia Department of Transportation and its contractor, North Perimeter Contractors LLC, are now beginning a project that will take four years and $800 million to complete. It will affect 4.3 miles of I-285 from west of Roswell Road to east of Ashford Dunwoody Road, and 6.2 miles of Ga. 400 from the Glenridge Connector to Spalding Drive.

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