Sandy Springs to spend $181K on land for Spalding intersection project

The Sandy Springs city council approved four real estate purchases on Tuesday for $181,000. The land is necessary for an intersection improvement project on Spalding Drive, the city says.
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The Sandy Springs city council approved four real estate purchases on Tuesday for $181,000. The land is necessary for an intersection improvement project on Spalding Drive, the city says.

Because their properties are in the way of a new intersection improvement project, a few property owners in Sandy Springs will get some cash from the city.

At a meeting on Tuesday, the Sandy Springs City Council unanimously approved four real estate purchases, totaling about $181,000 for about 17,600 square feet of land. The projects will be funded by T-SPLOST, a tax approved by Fulton County voters to improve transportation.

Three of the properties are along Spalding Drive and another is on Fieldsborn Court. In memos to the council and city manager, Sandy Springs Public Works Director William H. Martin wrote that the purchases were necessary to the TS-103 Spalding/Trowbridge/Dalrymple Intersection Improvement Project.

The project aims to improve the intersection of Spalding Drive at Dalrymple and Towbridge roads, which often experiences delays and traffic congestion. Workers will construct operational and safety enhancements and improve pedestrian access.


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Construction on the project hasn't begun yet as design and land acquisition are still ongoing. Once construction starts, it is expected to be completed within 10 months. A Sandy Springs city spokesperson said "utility relocation" for the project will begin at the end of 2018.

As part of the deals, Joseph F. Murphy will receive $90,000 for about 6,500 square feet of his property on Spalding Drive, Salvador Ruiz will get $76,000 for about 9,800 square feet of his property on Spalding Drive, and Arthur L. Thompson will receive $10,000 for about 891 square feet of his property on Spalding Drive. The city will also pay Yan Zhou $5,620 for 401 square feet of property on Fieldsborn Court, according to city documents.

Discussion of the intersection improvement project began in 2017. Among other upgrades at the intersection, the city will install a new four-way signal.

Spalding Drive connects Sandy Springs to Gwinnett County, and the council also approved an intergovernmental agreement with Gwinnett on Tuesday for a project that will widen the road from Winters Chapel to River Exchange from two lanes to four lanes. This $10.5 million project, which Sandy Springs is contributing $1.2 million towards, will also add multi-use paths and sidewalks along Spalding Drive and repair an existing bridge, according to a release from Sandy Springs.

The widening project is being coordinated by Sandy Springs, Peachtree Corners and Gwinnett County.


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