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Major Transportation Enhancements Heading to Perimeter Topside  

Governor Nathan Deal started the legislative session with the landmark announcement of a $10-billion, 10-year maintenance, improvement and new construction program for Georgia's interstate system and primary transportation corridors.  A major beneficiary of the enhancements to come will be the topside of I-285.  On the top end, from I-20 east to west, 285 will gain additional capacity and new express lanes, and likely along Georgia 400 North as well, through Cumming.  

Projects will be awarded and completed across the state, but discussions to Revive 285 were begun nearly 15 years ago, by the leadership of the Perimeter and Galleria CIDs, who funded an early study on the need for Bus Rapid Transit and other capacity and alternative transportation options and potential ridership to relieve congestion along the Perimeter topside.

"The ideas came forward during a well-attended LINK mission trip in Chicago, IL in the early 2000's.  After seeing Bus Rapid Transit at work in other markets, along with dedicated and divided lanes, we came back and began discussion about similar opportunities and needs along 285.  It's extremely rewarding to see these strategic initiatives, envisioned by so many for so long, now coming to fruition," Yvonne Williams, President and CEO, PCIDs.

Design/Build/Finance Team Selected for 285@400 Interchange

The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) unanimously selected Northern Perimeter Contractors as their Design/Build/Finance partner for the construction of the new 285@400 Interchange, as well as miles of surrounding collector/distributor lanes and bridges. GDOT Commissioner Russell McMurry introduced the team selected and held a Press Conference as part of the Perimeter Business Alliance Leadership Luncheon in December.

Thanks to innovative design, simultaneous project construction timelines, re-use of existing materials and other proprietary techniques, the winning-bid team was able to reduce the projected cost of this project from $1.1 billion down to less than $700-million. The PCIDs are also contributing $10-million towards the first hard construction costs on this project.

Ground-breaking is expected late this year, and the project is expected to be completed by 2020.  

"This project will annually save commuters eight hours and employers $100 million in lost productivity, and will reduce accidents in the crash-prone corridor," GDOT Commissioner Russell McMurry told community leaders at the PBA luncheon.

New Interchange Will Include Trail Enhancements

Your PCIDs, in partnership with the PATH Foundation and City of Sandy Springs will also be expanding the trail connectivity and pedestrian friendly mobility options within Perimeter Center. To be built simultaneously during expansion and improvements to the 285@400 Interchange, the PATH 400 multi-use trail will be extending north from Buckhead, eventually connecting to multiple trail paths and a hub in the central Perimeter, near the Dunwoody MARTA station.

PTOP Wins Awards for Keeping Perimeter Traffic Flowing

The Perimeter Traffic Operations Program (PTOP), a partnership between the cities of Brookhaven, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs, along with your PCIDs, has unified the 99-traffic signals and intersections across the Perimeter sub-market.  The results of this improved signal synchronization and upgrades are already improving traffic flow.  The PTOP program is being funded with a four-year, $4 million project by the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT).  And these improvements are already receiving recognition and awards, most recently from the Intelligent Transportation Society (ITS).  

PCIDs President and CEO Yvonne Williams presents the Project of Significance Award from ITS for the PTOP program to Brookhaven Mayor John Ernst and Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul.  The award inscription reads - "For involvement in reducing congestion and enhancing mobility throughout the Perimeter area through multi-jurisdictional coordination, collaboration and implementation of operational improvements and ITS communications infrastructure."

Loss of a Leader and a Friend  

Donna Adams Mahaffey, the longtime Chief of Staff of the PCIDs, and a resident of Sandy Springs, passed on December 28, 2015 after battling a long illness.  Mahaffey, an Atlanta native, worked as Director of External Affairs and later Chief of Staff for 14 years with the PCIDs and PBA.  Mahaffey worked in the public sector for decades, in senior staff roles for DeKalb County Commission Chairs, Walt Russell and CEOs Manuel Maloof and Liane Levetan.  She was viewed by many as a 'behind the scenes' leader, strategist and advocate for a wide-array of local government infrastructure enhancements and improvements.  Her work won recognition and numerous national awards.  She was an active alumnus of Leadership DeKalb as well as Leadership America.

"Donna was an exceptional employee for 14 years.  Her loss is being deeply felt here and across the community," said close friend, Yvonne Williams.

The City of Sandy Springs, Donna's longtime home, has established a scholarship fund in her memory.  Donna is survived by her husband, Tom Mahaffey, President of the Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber of Commerce and her daughters, Shana DeLuca (Rich), Helen Craig (Daniel); sons, Andrew Mahaffey (Ashley), Jason Mahaffey; grandchildren, Emily DeLuca, Oliver Craig, Grady Craig; sister-in-law, Mary Lou Adams; nephew, Sean Paul Adams (Jessica); and niece, Meghan Stabinsky (Michael).

City Springs Development

One-by-one, two-dozen jars of dirt from local neighborhoods were emptied into a single planter at the new City Springs development in Sandy Springs, symbolizing the collective community created by this transformative project.
The 15-acre development, as well as the district from Allen Road to Johnson Ferry includes retail, residential, a new City Hall and a performing arts center. The name and imagery are meant to give the area a strong sense of place. The term ‘springs’ comes from the literal springs for which the city is named, but also the energy, resilience, and excitement of the city’s residents. City officials and residents are excited for the development, which will be a gathering place for the community.

The project is slated for completion in 2017. To follow the progress, visit the City Springs Project page. 

PBA Leadership Luncheon - Friday, February 19, 2016, Perimeter Mayor's Panel

The Perimeter Business Alliance will host a Perimeter Mayor's Panel discussion of priorities and focus areas for 2016 on Friday, February 19, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta Perimeter Summit. 

Mayors Eric Clarkson (Chamblee), Donna Pittman (Doraville), Denis Shortall (Dunwoody) and Rusty Paul (Sandy Springs) will be updating area business leaders on their plans, projects underway and top goals for the coming year.

Deal Touts His 2015 Legislative Measures, The Times, Gainesville, Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Celebrating Success, and What Lies Ahead, Atlanta Journal Constitution Viewpoint by Yvonne Williams, Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Lower interchange cost figures make for a happy Ga DOT, Dunwoody Crier, Dec. 15, 2015 
GDOT Chief: 285@400 Project Will Save Time and Lives, Reporter Newspapers, December 11, 2015
I-285/Ga. 400 revamp is awarded at discount, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Dec. 11, 2015 (to view jump)
Perimeter Traffic Signal System Renewed for Three Years, Reporter Newspapers, November 29, 2015  
Perimeter Market Report, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Nov. 20, 2015
Region on the Move, Atlanta Journal & Constitution, November 15, 2015
PBA, PCIDs Leaders on Economic Development, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Nov. 13, 2015

Perimeter Pathways, February 2016, Volume 2, Issue 1

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