DUNWOODY, Ga. — Dunwoody Mayor Lynn Deutsch and Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul joined representatives from State Farm Jan. 12 to cut the ribbon on the Springwood Connector.
The new road connects Perimeter Center Parkway in Dunwoody to Peachtree Dunwoody Road in Sandy Springs, just north of I-285.
“We’re excited to celebrate this great, collaborative effort involving two cities and two development teams,” Deutsch said. “The Springwood Connector provides an important new access point for those who live and work in the Perimeter.”
Paul emphasized the importance of cities collaborating with one another.
“Improving transportation connectivity doesn’t stop at a city’s borders,” Paul said. “Our cities have a history of partnership which adds value to commuters throughout the region.”
The new roadway was built entirely with private-sector funds. State Farm donated part of the land and paid for design and construction costs of the Dunwoody portion. The road project coincided with the company’s new regional hub, which contains 1.1 million square feet of office space, developed by KDC, in three buildings. State Farm’s project team also provided the permitting and coordination required for the road to cross Perimeter Creek.
Pollack Shores completed the segment in Sandy Springs as part of a new housing development.
“Today is a great example of the strength of the working relationship between State Farm and our local community” said Rich Fatzynytz, State Farm Administrative Services director. “We look forward to — when we can again — live, work and play here.”
By adding a secondary east-west connection in the area, the roadway is projected to alleviate traffic on Hammond Drive by diverting up to 8,000 vehicles per day. The Springwood Connector also supports transit with new sidewalks and bicycle lanes within walking distance to the Dunwoody MARTA Station.