Take to task for May 23

WHAT’S BROKEN NEAR YOU?We want tips from across metro Atlanta. Call us at 404-526-2546 or email us at fixit@ajc.com.

New item-Tucker

A reader hopes something can be done about an awful pothole.

“This is on North Royal Atlanta Drive in the new city of Tucker. It is near the intersection with Lawrenceville Highway where the two lane road turns into a divided road with a grassy median,” she wrote.

She said DeKalb County has fixed several holes on North Royal, but missed this one.

“It is on the No. 75 bus line and it’s got to be bad on customer’s back sides,” she added.

We sent the information to DeKalb County and will let you know the outcome.

Days on list-6

Who’s looking into it: DeKalb County public information officer Shiera Campbell, sdcampbell@dekalbcountyha.gov.

New item-Alpharetta

Georgann Delling is concerned about a busy road in Alpharetta.

“Rucker Road becomes Old Milton Parkway west of Wills Road. It is about two miles long from Old Milton to Crabapple Road. We are the only east-west thoroughfare in Alpharetta,” Delling wrote.

She said the area is a two-lane residential area that is clogged morning and afternoons, and full of moving traffic the balance of each day, except Sunday.

“The city fathers have said they will add sidewalks and median plantings to Rucker, What we need are two additional lanes to carry the thousands of cars through our neighborhoods,” she said.

We got a quick response back from Alpharetta officials.

“The short answer to the question is that the city does not plan to make Rucker Road a four-lane corridor because the majority of residents along the corridor have communicated that they want Rucker to remain a two-lane road,” said assistant city administrator James Drinkard.

Drinkard said over a period of approximately four months in 2013, the city engaged in a process of public input meetings and design charrettes to plan the future of the Rucker Road corridor. The focus of that process was to determine how the residents of neighborhoods along the corridor wanted to address traffic and the overall design of the roadway.

“Hundreds of residents participated, and the clear message from the vast majority of them was that they were opposed to the road being expanded to four lanes. Their interest was in improving safety, reducing vehicle travel speeds, and improving pedestrian amenities and aesthetic appeal. They fully understood that the types of improvements that they want the city to pursue will, for the most part, not improve congestion during the morning and evening peak commuting periods.”

Days on list-2

Who’s looking into it: James Drinkard, assistant city administrator for Alpharetta, jdrinkard@alpharetta.ga.us