Sandy Springs OKs design contract for downtown crossroads

The crossroads of Johnson Ferry Road and Mount Vernon Highway in Sandy Springs are to be reconstructed as a “compressed grid,” with the two streets running parallel to each other but not intersecting. CITY OF SANDY SPRINGS

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The crossroads of Johnson Ferry Road and Mount Vernon Highway in Sandy Springs are to be reconstructed as a “compressed grid,” with the two streets running parallel to each other but not intersecting. CITY OF SANDY SPRINGS

The Sandy Springs City Council has awarded a $930,000 design contract to Jacobs Engineering to draw construction plans to untangle the downtown crossroads of Johnson Ferry Road and Mount Vernon Highway.

Jacobs previously completed the concept phase of the project. The council on Oct. 2 approved a “compressed grid” concept that has Johnson Ferry and Mount Vernon running closely parallel to each other but not intersecting; a connector road will be constructed between them.

According to a staff report to the council, the project will be designed with two separate construction phases.

The first phase covers all elements of the project including improvements to Roswell and Johnson Ferry roads and Mount Vernon Highway, but not the connector. The second phase is the connector, planned for a piece of land known as the Spruill property “at such time that the property is available for construction,” staff said.

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