The realignment of Carpenter Drive’s intersection with Roswell Road in Sandy Springs likely will begin later this year after the City Council approved a $1.78 million bid on June 21.

A city illustration of the proposed realignment of Carpenter Drive’s intersection with Roswell Road at Cliftwood Drive.

The project will make the north end of U-shaped Carpenter Drive align with Cliftwood Drive on the opposite side of Roswell Road, eliminating a large and confusing stretch of asphalt.

Precision 2000, Inc., won the bid. The company is current doing the adjacent streetscape project on Roswell Road between Cliftwood and Hammond Drive.

Late last year, the city alarmed residents with a construction plan to shut Carpenter for six months. That was revised to six weekends of closures, which will still involve long detours as well as construction of a retaining wall that significantly increased the project’s cost. The city’s estimated budget for the project was about $1.38 million.

The construction schedule is yet to be set, but the city previously said it likely would start late this year or early next year.

John Ruch

John Ruch is an Atlanta-based journalist. Previously, he was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.