In early December, Dunwoody Club Drive was milled down to a rough surface to be repaved with a smooth, new surface. That’s the good news.
The bad news is that the project was supposed to be completed before winter set in. It’s not. And the road won’t be repaved until it warms up above 45 degrees and stays there for awhile, say Dunwoody city officials.
“It’s hard to say when it will be completed,” said Michael Smith, Dunwoody’s public works director.
Neighbors in the area aren’t happy about the turn of events. A joint venture between Sandy Springs and Dunwoody will eventually repave a 2.6-mile stretch of Dunwoody Club Drive between Spalding Drive and Mount Vernon Road.
Wendy Carmon, who lives near Happy Hollow Road, said she doesn’t see much rhyme or reason in the planning of the unfinished road.
“It doesn’t make any sense. Why would I hire them to paint my house if they couldn’t finish it,” she said. “There’s no accountability.”
Despite the current problem, the roads in Dunwoody should become more driver-friendly in 2011. The reason, in general, is there will be more money for repaving projects.
The city has been conservative with road improvements as its reaped tax revenues in its first few years of existence. The plan this year is to ramp up the projects to the $1.8 million range, Smith said.
“At $1.8 and $2 million, people are going to see a noticeable difference in the major roads,” he said.
City officials know there are some problem areas to address with the city’s roadway system, which is comprised of 185 miles of roadway.
The city’s overall pavement condition is considered “fair.” That’s a little better than most areas that are urban, Smith said.
The city’s staff will finalize a list of roads for repair in 2011 in the next couple of month, Smith said. The paving projects compete with funds for bike paths and improved sidewalks, which are both high on the list of city improvements.