Mount Vernon Road at Vermack Road/Manhasset Drive
The intersection at Mount Vernon Road and Vermack Road/Manhasset Drive has been identified in the City of Dunwoody’s Comprehensive Transportation Plan as a high priority project due to its current poor level of service. Mount Vernon Road is one of the primary east-west corridors in the city and Vermack Road provides access to Dunwoody High School and Vanderlyn Elementary School.
The current intersection is signalized; however, the lack of turn lanes causes long traffic queues and excessive wait times. The intersection is also deficient in accommodating bicyclists and pedestrians. This project aims to provide a solution for the traffic congestion and to accommodate mobility and safety for vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists.
After presentation of four options at a public meeting, followed by direction from the City Council, staff is working with the project consultant to complete the design work for the project. The selected alternative, Alternative 1C, extends the limits of the project to the next cross street, does not extend the center turn lane to Vernon Oaks, and builds around existing utilities. The resultant intersection improvements will improve the safety for vehicles and pedestrians. Additionally, this improvement will respect and maintain the character of the surrounding existing neighborhoods and minimize impacts to property owners.
Current Project Phase – Utility Coordination and Construction
An Intergovernmental Agreement with DeKalb County will be required for this project for the replacement of the water main along this section of the Mount Vernon Road corridor. DeKalb County is currently developing plans for this replacement so that it may be constructed in conjunction with this interseciton improvement project. Once those plans are complete, final utility coordination will occur and construction will begin.
RECENT PROJECT UPDATES
Summer 2018 - Utility relocation and construction work is underway. Summer work hour lane closures and restrictions will take place week days from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. After Monday, August 6th when school is back in session, lane closures are limited to the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. All project work is dependent upon optimal weather conditions and generally site work will occur weekdays.
Winter 2018 - Beginning the week of February 5th construction crews will start removing trees identified within the construction area in order to relocate utilities in the area. All work is subject to favorable weather conditions and initial tree clearing activities are expected to last about three to four weeks.
Summer 2016 - Right of way acquisition is proceeding.
Fall 2014 - Staff began the selection process to hire the consultant to aid in acquiring the needed right-of-way.
Spring 2014 - The project consultant completed the design work for Alternative 1C.
September 4, 2013 - After discussion of benefits and challenges, the Council directed staff to move forward with Alternative 1C which extends the limits of the project but does not extend the center turn lane to Vernon Oaks and builds around the existing utilities.
June 17, 2013 - A public meeting was held to discuss four alternatives.