Prepare for major detours next month in central Sandy Springs. The intersection of Mount Vernon Highway and Sandy Springs Circle will close completely for construction starting April 18 and continuing into “early summer,” according to the city.

The city will hold an open house on Mon., March 28 to review the various detours for the project, which is part of road construction for the City Springs redevelopment. The open house will run 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Sandy Springs United Methodist Church Activities Center at 85 Mount Vernon Highway.

All business in the area will remain open and will be accessible by cars. City officials meet monthly with local businesses about City Springs construction impacts, city spokeswoman Sharon Kraun said.

According to Kraun, the work will start with a reconstruction of the intersection that includes regrading a hill that currently can block the view of oncoming traffic. Following that, the work will focus on Sandy Springs Circle between Mount Vernon and Roswell Road.

Detour information, including a map, is posted on the city’s website at The following are the basic detours:

  • Roswell Road to Mount Vernon westbound: Turn onto Hammond Drive westbound to connect with Mount Vernon.
  • Mount Vernon westbound travel (toward I-285) Vernon from Roswell Road: Detour onto Roswell Road southbound, turning onto Hammond Drive westbound, and reconnecting with Mount Vernon westbound.
  • Mount Vernon eastbound travel (east of Sandy Springs Circle) towards Roswell Road: Detour onto Hammond Drive eastbound to reach Roswell Road. To reach Sandy Springs Circle: Turn north on Roswell Road, then west onto Johnson Ferry Road, followed by a turn onto Sandy Springs Circle.
  • Johnson Ferry Road eastbound (from Abernathy/Brandon Mill roads) wanting to connect with Sandy Springs Circle south of the intersection: Turn south onto Roswell Road and reconnect with Sandy Springs Circle via Hilderbrand Drive.

John Ruch

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