Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle was at the Ravinia complex in Dunwoody on Friday to celebrate Georgia’s first diverging diamond intersection at Interstate 285 and Ashford Dunwoody Road. Public-private partnership played a key role in the intersection’s development and Cagle said the innovative project was a testament to the drive and dedication of the Perimeter Community Improvement Districts to improve traffic congestion and to the Georgia Department of Transportation for being receptive to creative, low-cost ideas to meet traffic challenges. The PCID initiated the project in 2009.
Early studies indicate fewer traffic accidents at or near the intersection in the same time period as last year, said Sgt. Mike Carlson of the Dunwoody Police Department. There were 20 from June 1 to mid-November this year as compared to 28 last year. One area of the roadway continues to be studied by DOT engineers based on calls from motorists who are trying to make a left turn onto Hammond Drive after turning right onto Ashford Dunwoody Road from I-285. Mark McKinnon with the DOT said engineers are trying to come up with solutions for that maneuver. Nearly 55,000 cars per day pass through the intersection on weekdays.
Dunwoody Mayor Mike Davis said the improvements bring traffic relief and safety to this major entry way to the city of Dunwoody and helps brand Dunwoody as a great place to live, work and play.