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Old Alabama Road improvements begin

September 14, 2015

In conjunction with Georgia Department of Transportation, the City of Johns Creek has initiated some adjustments to improve traffic flow at Old Alabama Road between Buice and Medlock Bridge roads.

Improvements include:
  • Restriping the far right, eastbound lane on Old Alabama to better communicate that people can turn right or turn left onto Medlock Bridge Road, giving motorists two left-turn lanes. 
  • Extending the left turn lane on Old Alabama to accommodate more vehicles. 
  • Adjusting the timing on traffic signals at Old Alabama at Medlock Bridge to allow more vehicles to move from Old Alabama onto Medlock Bridge roads.

The project, which is being managed by GDOT, will widen Old Alabama Road from Buice Road to Medlock Bridge Road to four lanes, two in each direction, separated by a 20-foot-wide median. A 5-foot sidewalk will be built south of Old Alabama Road and a 10-multi-use trail will be added on the north side.

The project also calls for improvements to the intersection at Buice Road. An additional left-turn lane will be added
on Medlock Bridge Road onto Old Alabama Road.

Construction is expected to last until October 2016 because the soils under the existing road must be reinforced, which means the road must be replaced from scratch – in addition to the widening. Road construction, while beneficial when it’s over, is always a messy, inconvenient process that typically causes delays and detours while it lasts. There is no easy way to do road construction.

People looking an alternate route may consider Jones Bridge Road to Morton Road to State Bridge Road, or Nesbit Ferry Road to Holcomb Bridge Road. Motorists may also consider using Waze, the world’s largest crowd-sourced, traffic-navigation phone app, which provides timely notice of road construction and incident data in the City.

The City shares information with Waze, such as road closings, accidents, and major events that affect traffic. In return, Waze will help transportation planners better understand traffic patterns, which will help the City determine both where and where not to allocate future funds. 

The Old Alabama-Medlock Bridge project is one of several underway citywide. More than 110,000 people have moved into surrounding communities since 2010, and Johns Creek is a throughway for many commuters. The deluge of vehicles lends urgency to the City’s efforts to manage traffic, which is why the City is tackling so many projects at once. Some projects, such as Old Alabama at Medlock Bridge roads and the bridges at Parsons Road and Bell Road, are being managed and controlled by GDOT.

Johns Creek has attempted to be strategic in its projects to improve traffic. It has focused much of its effort in the Jones Bridge Road corridor and the western part of Old Alabama Road. Other projects coming in the next year will address congestion along State Bridge Road and on Medlock Bridge Road near the intersection of those two roadways. However, the timing of the construction is often dependent on the availability of state and federal funding.