The SR 9 (Alpharetta Highway) at Bethany Bend Intersection Improvement Concept Study was an identified project from a recently completed Livable Centers Initiative plan in the area. Although several ideas for improving this intersection were considered as part of the LCI plan, the Milton Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP), and other traffic studies, a detailed intersection analysis and concept design was recommended to select the most appropriate improvement. Traffic studies of this intersection were analyzed in 2009 as part of the new Cambridge High School located at the intersection of Bethany Bend and Cogburn Road, approximately 0.5 miles from SR 9 at Bethany Bend. Recommendations for improvements have been explored but because of the current skew and development on all corners, a short term fix would be very difficult to construct. Ultimately, improvements to this intersection should address vehicular and freight operations, safety, and pedestrian/bicycle accessibility.
The City received Federal funding to conduct a concept study. The goal of this concept study is to assess the transportation impacts of various intersection improvement alternatives, determine the preferred location for the improvement, prepare mapping, identify environmental impacts and permits required to construct the project and prepare concept plans for alternatives.
The intersection improvements are being analyzed for 3 different scenarios. The first scenario is small scale short term improvements that can be easily implemented. The second scenario is improvements that the City could pursue prior to the widening of SR 9 if funding became available. The third scenario is improvements that would be done as part of the SR 9 widening by GDOT. The improvement alternatives with the second and third scenarios would be the same only the implementation time and the funding would be different. It is likely that some short term improvements would come out of this process and that the overall intersection improvements would be done as part of the widening of SR 9 by GDOT.
The GDOT SR 9 widening project information on this project can be viewed HERE by selecting Fulton County and locating the SR 9/Alpharetta Hwy from Windward Pkwy to Forsyth.
A Public Information Open House for both the SR 9 widening and the SR 9 at Bethany Bend intersection improvements was held on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Milton City Hall Council Chambers/Court Room. The information provided at the meeting included:
SR 9 Widening Information