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Cyclists upset after GDOT removes bike lane from road expansion project

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Joe Seconder with Georgia Bikes said he can't believe the Georgia Department of Transportation won't add bike lanes when a new bridge is built at the Northridge Road - GA 400 interchange.

"It is very dangerous when you have all the automobiles and traffic coming off of GA 400, there is high speed, people are in a hurry and things get backed up," said Seconder.

In 2010 the GDOT, working with the State Road Tollway Authority and the city of Sandy Springs, floated a bridge replacement plan that included bike lanes.

But two years later, that is no longer the case.

"Seven million dollars is how much the project cost in 2010. In 2012, the project cost was $10.5 million, but no bike lanes," Seconder said.

Seconder said the cost to add the lanes would be relatively small.

"One hundred sixty eight thousand dollars out of about $10.5 million project," Seconder said.

Late Wednesday afternoon, the GDOT released a statement that says in part:

"Due to a limited budget, early in project development, a decision was made to provide minimum bike accommodations, in order to stay within the established project budget. GDOT is currently working with Sandy Springs and the design-build team to develop a solution that provides low cost designated bike accommodations that are within current design guidelines."

Seconder said the state should find a way to make the investment.

"Invest now and add the enhancements in the future," Seconder said.

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