The city of Dunwoody is making progress on several major paving and intersection projects.
The Dunwoody City Council voted May 29 to approve contracts for the city’s 2012 capital paving plan and for pedestrian and bicycle improvements on Mt. Vernon Road.
The council also awarded contracts for the design of intersection improvements at Womack and Vermack roads as well as Tilly Mill and North Peachtree roads.
The council deferred a vote on bicycle and pedestrian improvements to Chamblee Dunwoody Road.
Public Works Director Michael Smith said the Chamblee Dunwoody Road improvements have a good shot at winning $600,000 in grant funding from the Atlanta Regional Commission that would cover about half the cost of the project.
Councilman Doug Thompson said the council should hold off on approving the contract for the Chamblee Dunwoody project until the city knows if it will win the grant.
“I think it’s worth the wait to save half the cost,” Thompson said.
But several residents spoke out against building bike lanes on major roads.
“Dedicating one third of the space to bicycles is very inappropriate,” said Dunwoody resident Gerald Carmichael. “It’s a safety issue.”
Norb Leahy said there aren’t enough bikers in Dunwoody to justify building the costly bike lanes.
“Bike lanes don’t pass the utilization test. They are not used by 100 percent of the people 100 percent of the time,” Leahy said.