Dunwoody City Council has approved the construction contract for the controversial Dunwoody Village Parkway project.

The council voted 5-2 on Oct. 28 to approve the $1.6 million contract with Johnson Landscapes Inc. for the project, which has produced strong opposition among some Dunwoody residents. Yard signs objecting to the project have been posted in front of homes across the city.

The project will narrow the parkway from four to two lanes and add bicycle lanes, sidewalks and landscaping.

“I have been on the fence,” Councilman John Heneghan said. “In the end, it is about the sidewalks, the bike lanes, about redeveloping our community.”

Councilwoman Adrian Bonser and Councilman Terry Nall cast the dissenting votes. “I don’t feel like we’ve found the proper compromise yet,” Nall said.

The city has budgeted up to $2.4 million for the overall project.

The construction contract, according to a city memorandum outlining costs, includes a base bid amount of $1,355,730 plus $33,458 to include irrigation in the landscape buffer, $40,000 to increase the number of benches and trash cans to meet the requirements of the Dunwoody Village overlay plan, $40,000 to install underground electrical conduit and pole bases for lights and a 10 percent contingency.

The city also authorized $300,000 to install overhead lights and $40,000 to pay engineers Kimley-Horn and Associates to oversee construction.

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