What would you do about Rucker Road?
It’s a question the city of Alpharetta is kicking around. A few weeks back Council talked the issue over in a work session. They’ve since created three public forums for input. The first was last week. The second is tomorrow night at the Crabapple Government Center. A third meeting is February 26th at City Hall.
I like that the city comes in with no preconceived ideas at these meetings. There are no powerpoints, no fancy storyboards and apparently no secret agenda being pushed. It’s a sincere effort to measure the input of the residents. That’s refreshing for a change.
And the general consensus after the first meeting seems to be that Rucker Road should not be widened.
There are a handful of small to medium sized neighborhoods along Rucker as well as some churches. The residents don’t feel safe on the road. Forget walking along it. And turning left out of a subdivision during rush hour is fraught with danger.
Also remember that this part of Alpharetta will see more and more new neighborhoods. Developers want to build homes on small 15,000 square foot lots all over the northwest portion of the city. The applications are stacking up at City Hall.
So I don’t blame the local residents for trying to keep this road from getting any bigger.
But on the flip side, east/west traffic flow is a problem. It’s true of the entire northern stretch of metro Atlanta. It’s a huge problem in north Fulton. There is no easy way to commute from Milton and Cherokee to the technology centers in Alpharetta. Widening Rucker Road would help with this.
It would also help get cars to and from the Crabapple area. This gastronome would love to dine in Crabapple more often but it’s the devil to get there at times. Then again, planners in Crabapple don’t seem to want me and my car in their mixed-use oasis.
So what’s the solution for little Rucker Road? I see good arguments on both sides. If I had to guess I’d say that new turn lanes and better walking paths are in Rucker’s future. But Alpharetta and Milton cannot ignore the east/west traffic flow problem forever.
If you’re a resident of this part of the city I’d encourage you to participate in the process and attend a meeting. I’d also encourage you to stay plugged in to the rezoning cases in northwest Alpharetta. They’re not gonna go away.