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Traffic calming measures come to Dunwoody neighborhood

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North Peachtree road in Dunwoody between Davantry Road and Mount Vernon Road is an unusually busy neighborhood street. Nearly 9,000 vehicles use it daily.

"I have seen individuals passing at 40 mph," neighbor Jean-Marie Girardot said.

The City of Dunwoody found nearly 15 percent of drivers were driving well over the listed 25 mile per hour speed limit. Seventy-three percent of the neighbors petitioned the city to make changes to slow drivers down. Now the street will be redesigned. There will be a small round-a-bout and other, what's called, traffic calming measures.

"It's an island in the middle of the road with some smaller islands on the outside that forces people to slow down," Dunwoody Director of Public Works Michael Smith said.

Construction will cost an estimated $150,000 to $200,000.

Since neighbors asked for it, 117 homes along this half mile stretch of road will help pay for it.

"There's an annual assessment on the residents property tax bill of $25 which is what it is to off set the costs of these improvements," Smith said.

Those assessments will stay in place for the life of the street enhancements. It's a price most were willing to pay for safety.

"If they want to do it and get enough votes I'm all in favor of it that's fine," driver Bill Adams said.

"You have people walking on the street and sidewalk and accidents can happen so the slower you drive the better off we are going to be and going to be safer," Girardot said.

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