Commuter Dude: Brookhaven to ease congestion at frustrating intersection

BROOKHAVEN, Ga – The new city of Brookhaven has found a relatively simple solution to what was first thought to be a complicated traffic problem.

Each day, 30,000 drivers pass through the intersection of Johnson Ferry and Ashford Dunwoody Road. Joel Black is one of them.

"It's confusing," says Black. "It's just a mess. You could sit right here at this intersection for thirty minutes."

After inheriting the mess in 2012, the newly incorporated city of Brookhaven is going to add a new lane to each road with little disruption.

Joel Black wonders how.

"There are businesses on one side, homes on the other side," said Black. "So, there's not a lot you can do to expand the intersection."

No need to expand. Instead, Brookhaven plans to move most if not all of two concrete medians that are loitering on the north end of the intersection.

"If we can move that and just simply re-stripe the lanes we can add an additional through lane on Ashford Dunwoody and Johnson Ferry, thus doubling the number of cars that go through that intersection," said city councilwoman Rebecca Chase-Williams.

The state DOT is also planning to re-time the traffic lights in the area.

The cost will be less than $300,000, most of it coming from the DOT.


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