Sandy Springs leaders voice traffic concerns to Georgia DOT - CBS46 News

Sandy Springs leaders voice traffic concerns to Georgia DOT

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SANDY SPRINGS, GA (CBS46) -

Driving around the top of the I-285 perimeter isn't easy for some.

"Coming out this way is always a problem," driver Brenda O. said.

Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul knows the challenges his city faces.

"It's a balancing act," Paul said. "You don't want to destroy the essence of your community in order to retrofit transportation solutions into the community."

So he welcomes the future plans of GDOT wanting to add managed lanes, or toll lanes to areas like GA 400. But he also wants GDOT to consider leaving some space for other transit options.

"Particularly the GA 400, but the I-285 interchange, the footprint for all the things that have to go in there from a transportation point of view is getting very tight and we want to make sure they leave room to expand transit from North Springs northward.," Paul said.

CBS46 confirmed that Sandy Springs City Council members sent a letter to GDOT voicing their concerns. A GDOT spokesperson says they will work with the local governments and the public on the projects.

The public definitely hopes they have a voice.

"I think the citizens should have a vote on it, and not just have the talking heads at the state or county or the city," driver Tracy Garner said.

For now those citizens are still waiting for their chance to be heard. No word on when public input sessions will start.

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