Sandy Springs City Council wants to minimize the clutter on Roswell Road.

At its Oct. 6 work session, the board refused to use around $1.2 million in federal and state funds to install four message boards on the well-traveled thoroughfare. Public Works was leading the program, which would have placed roadside or overhead electronic signs near Roberts Drive, Northridge Parkway, Morgan Falls Road and Spalding Drive — locations where motorists can decide to take alternative routes to avoid traffic congestion. The signs can display short messages and graphics.

Plans were underway to construction the message boards in 2011, but Council opposed the idea altogether.

“That is going to be ugly,” Dist. 4 Councilwoman Ashley Jenkins said. “I wouldn’t like to see them at all.”

Mayor Eva Galambos questioned the usefulness of the projections that are more typically seen on highways like Ga. 400.

“Why is it so important to know when you are in a traffic jam if you are in a traffic jam?” Mayor Eva Galambos asked. “I don’t see the point of it.”

Dist. 5 Councilman Tibby DeJulio concurred. “We don’t need these on surface streets.”

The funds can be used for other traffic improvements said a city spokesperson.

—Amy Wenk