The new Austin Elementary School is set to open next January.
Photo: AJC file photo
Photo: AJC file photo

With school opening delayed, Dunwoody works on road improvements

Dunwoody is set to spend $1.35 million in improvements to the street outside a new elementary school.

Construction for the new Austin Elementary School is ongoing. Last year, the DeKalb County School District announced the school’s opening date had been pushed from August 2019 to January 2020 due to weather and construction delays.

The road improvements to Roberts Drive in northwestern Dunwoody include new turn lanes into the main school entrance, new and widened sidewalks, a new traffic signal and a pedestrian crossing.


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“Pedestrian safety, especially in school zones, is a major emphasis of the City Council,” Dunwoody Public Works Director Michael Smith said in a statement.

Utility companies have begun moving utilities that conflict with the construction.

The $1.35-million project is below the available construction budget of $2.4 million, approved by the City Council last month, the city said. The Georgia Department of Transportation supported the project with a $300,000 grant.

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