DUNWOODY, Ga. —The City of Dunwoody has begun work on a series of projects to improve the safety of pedestrians: a sidewalk extension and two crosswalks with new pedestrian refuge islands.
The Dunwoody Public Works Department extended the sidewalk at Windwood Hollow Park on Lakeside Drive to connect to the linear park by the reservoir on Peeler Road, allowing for greater access to amenities, including tennis courts and a handicap-accessible playground.
Additionally, in late October the city began a crosswalk project on Mount Vernon Road at North Peachtree Road that is expected to be completed by mid-November.
A new crosswalk and pedestrian refuge island will be added here to connect the Kingsley neighborhood with the shopping center across the street. Paving crews first resurfaced Mount Vernon Road between Jett Ferry Road and Dunwoody Club Drive in preparation for the new refuge island and lane striping.
Refuge islands allow pedestrians to cross traffic one lane at a time and provide increased visibility of the crossing. They also reduce the perceived roadway width, which can help lower speeds.
A refuge island will also be added at an existing crosswalk at the intersection of Tilly Mill Road and Andover Drive. Before the work begins, Georgia Power will need to relocate two utility poles. New drainage pipes and curb work is expected to begin in December.
“We’re targeting two locations where the high vehicular traffic volume makes it more difficult for pedestrians to find gaps for crossing the roadway,” Public Works Director Michael Smith said.
The pedestrian refuge islands are being funded by the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST). Together, they will cost $450,000.