By Rachel Kellogg / Neighbor Newspapers
Providence/New Providence at Ga. 372 in Milton, Holcomb Bridge Road at Market Blvd. in Roswell and State Bridge Road at Medlock Bridge Road are among the most dangerous intersections in north Fulton, according to city officials.
According to Steve Acenbrak, director of transportation for Roswell, based on 2009 data that was analyzed, the intersection at Holcomb Bridge Road and Market Boulevard, which is also the entrance to the Kimberly-Clark campus, has the most accidents when considering the volume of traffic.
There were 62 accidents here in 2009 with 11 injuries and no fatalities, and in 2007, there were 79 accidents with 30 injuries.
“[Most of the accidents at this location] are rear end and side swipes. These types of accidents are common during over saturated traffic conditions,” Acenbrak said. “The cause of congestion is the extremely heavy traffic flowing to or from Ga. 400. The eastbound traffic at this intersection is approaching a lane drop at the down stream intersection of Old Alabama Road which adds to the problem.”
But the city has been working toward fixing the problems at this intersection.
“Design work is in progress for an Advanced Traffic Management System on this corridor which will improve the traffic flow,” Acenbrak said. “We are conducting an internal study to address the congestion at Ga. 400 and Holcomb Bridge Road interchange.”
Acenbrak said the city is also on the verge of advertising for an engineering consultant to perform a comprehensive corridor study on Holcomb Bridge Road from Warsaw Road to Holcomb Woods Parkway.
“The study will address new configuration options for the interchange, as well as provide options which seek to improve safety and capacity at Market Blvd as well as the remainder of Holcomb Bridge Road,” he said. “A long-term project to relieve congestion on Holcomb Bridge Road is the Big Creek Bridge Road project, a parallel facility over Ga. 400 between the interchanges of Holcomb Bridge Road and Mansell Road.”
According to the Milton Police, the intersection with the most number of accidents in the past six months was the intersection of Ga. 372/Birmingham Highway at Providence Road/New Providence Road, with 10 accidents.
In October 2009 Milton received approval from Georgia Department of Transportation to proceed with the process started by Fulton County of redesigning the intersection.
“The project consists of realigning the intersection approximately 300 feet to the north such that intersecting skew angle with Ga. 372 is 80 degrees, improving the vertical sight distance along Ga. 372. The existing non-signalized four-way intersection will be replaced with a roundabout,” said Sara Leaders, transportation engineer for Milton.
According to Johns Creek’s monthly COPS Connect newsletter, the top intersection for accidents for the past three months has been State Bridge Road at Medlock Bridge Road.