A truck with a high load underestimated the height of his load by 2 inches and found himself wedged into the entrance of a tunnel. Unable to back out, experts were called to come and see what could be done to get the truck removed.
All of the engineers crowded around scratching their heads and making drastic suggestions.
Finally a little boy walked up, looked at the engineers and suggested “Why don’t you just let the air out of the tires. Continue reading
Where is one of the biggest opportunities to get traffic on 141 moving in the morning? Anyone that drives south out of Johns Creek would agree that it is East Jones Bridge and 141. Below is a depiction of the standard backup I have seen between the hours of 7:00 am and 9:00 am.
The orange represents the backup southbound. The red on the east and western sides of the intersection represents the vehicles on those sides you see when you finally get to pass through the intersection. So what is wrong with that picture?
It’s important to note that nearly every vehicle east and west bound makes it through the light with just one cycle of the lights at the intersection.
As you can see, only one lane in each direction east and west travel straight. With no additional asphalt the east bound side could be configured to carry two lanes straight through the intersection. But they need to add an additional through lane westbound.
(What is a FATTER Intersection? http://1c4.f98.myftpupload.com/2017/02/15/what-should-we-do-to-improve-johns-creek-traffic-flow-on-141/)
Doing this would make this intersection MUCH more efficient at a minimal cost. That would have the ability to keep this light green longer and move this traffic through the corridor.
Just two lights down at 141 and Peachtree Corners Circle, the light is green for 4 minutes. There is no backup heading south at this light whatsoever.
Also, with such short queues on the east and west bound sides of the intersection should indicate that they could keep the light green longer anyway. They have, for some reason, chosen not to.
Finally, they could do what we have done in other areas such as the stretch between Old Alabama and State Bridge on 141 and make the area three lanes through all the way to Spalding Drive, and this would require no additional asphalt.
- Fatter intersection east and west bound reduces red light time on 141
- Three lanes southbound using existing asphalt increases southbound capacity up to 50%.
- Longer green light times than 141 south currently has increases the volume of vehicles per light cycle.
We could get this traffic moving drastically without destroying the entire corridor and at a minimal cost.
Unfortunately, we wait while the City of Johns Creek works to convince everyone the only solution is three lanes in all directions.
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The City of Johns Creek is suggesting that we widen 141 to three lanes between State Bridge Road and Grove Point Road. I suggest that is not required. Continue reading
Residents of Johns Creek who travel the 141 corridor have understood just how slow that ride can be. Some people, who have read what I have written on the cost of traffic delays have asked me what can be done, other than widening 141 to six lanes?
I have, on those occasions, suggested that it’s the side roads along the 141 corridor that need a bit of widening at the interchange rather than our entire corridor.
Let’s take the intersection at the corner of Parson’s Road and 141 as our example. As configured today, has the typical one left turn lane, one right turn lane and one through lane as many of the intersections along the corridor have.
The City of Johns Creek has created a myth about our traffic volumes. Either that or the GDOT Web Server, which stores thousands of data points for traffic across the state and which is used for traffic planning is entirely worthless and wrong.
The City of Johns Creek tells us we have an ever growing body of traffic from Forsyth County. I have challenged that idea over the last two years only to be summarily dismissed by City Officials.
Once again here is the most updated data from GDOT which clearly shows no major increases on 141 over the last decade EXCEPT for two locations.
The vote Johns Creek residents will take on the TSPLOST 0.75% tax is critical to understand.
Voters are being presented with the opportunity to raise the taxes on themselves, which will effectively increase the spending and size of the Johns Creek City government by 29.7%. That is not insignificant. Continue reading
Johns Creek receives many accolades throughout the year, and 2016 has not been an exception to that trend.
For many residents, concern over ever higher densities of residential real estate developments such as apartments and town homes has been a major concern. But the City of Johns Creek pushes ahead with ever more high density development with seemingly arbitrary lines drawn as to where the higher densities are permissible and where they are not.
Residents did not directly vote on these issues. They only have cast votes for those that decide on these issues. And as history has shown, there are not a plethora of voters that even bother to make their voices heard. That, however is changing.
There is a cost to current residents as more and more of these high density developments are approved and put into place.
Let’s ask the residents of Johns Creek who were here in 2007. Taking the data from the 2015 CAFR report (you can find it here: http://www.johnscreekga.gov/JCGA/Media/PDF-Finance/2015-cafr.pdf ) on page 61 shows Johns Creek had a population of 70,050 and a residential tax digest (page 79) of $3,215,735,140.
A simple calculation reveals that in 2007 we had $48,727 of residential real estate per resident.
How have the residents of 2007 fared over the course of the last 8 years? Well, not so well. Using the population counts and the residential tax digest from the same pages mentioned above, we can see that residents of Johns Creek have seen that number drop to $40,117 per resident, a decline of 17.67%.
|Residential Property Value Per Capita|
|Source: Johns Creek CAFR 2015|
Why are residents from years past seeing such a drop in values for their community at large over time? The drop in housing prices from the recession is behind most communities in our area and should certainly be behind us in Johns Creek.
I’ll blame that in large part to the additional higher density housing which has been added over the years and continues to be added even as we speak.
Those that move into higher density developments are those that are not buying the current real estate stock we have in Johns Creek. Fewer buyers for that real estate naturally lowers the selling prices of the real estate. Yes indeed, the supply and demand curve you had to learn about in high school and college is actually meaningful.
Additionally, all of this “new” higher density living is coming in at average price points below what the average homes in Johns Creek are worth.
So we have less demand lowering selling points and lower prices units pulling down the averages as well.
Also interestingly enough the amount of commercial real estate per resident is rising.
|Commercial Property Value Per Capita|
|Year||Commercial Property Value||Population|
|Source: Johns Creek CAFR 2015|
So as residential property values fall per resident, commercial property values are rising per resident.
I doubt that has been the objective of many of the residents within our community. Those that reside on Findley Road at City Hall are undoubtedly happy about this outcome, however.
After all, they are the ones who continue to vote and push us along this path of more commercial development and higher density housing.
Cities in Fulton County are being held up at legislative gunpoint in Fulton County, Georgia, and if they do not play along with how the rules have been written by the State Legislature, their constituents will pay the price.
Cities within Fulton County (I live in Johns Creek) are required to either get on board with a Transportation Local Option Sales Tax (TSPLOST) or run the risk of having the TSPLOST passed in the fall of 2016, and their jurisdictions be subject to the tax and receive nothing. Continue reading
Johns Creek residents have been fighting a losing battle with traffic for the past several years. Key road closures and construction projects have taken their toll on drivers and residents who find themselves trapped in their neighborhoods during rush hours, or face 20 minute ride to the grocery or school, which is within a mile or two of their homes.
Last year I did some calculations to determine what our delays cost us. Some local residents asked me to do the same for the Old Alabama-141 project, and so I have. You can read more about the details in the link below, but I explain as we go how the numbers are generated.
The Old Alabama Road project is, has, and will be going on for a long time, by any measure that you can find. With less than a 1/2 mile of widening to be accomplished, the cost of the road construction itself is at least $5 million and maybe higher. The City of Johns Creek went with the GDOT to do the project to save the taxpayers money.
But, like any government agency, they seem to forget about the costs to the taxpayers themselves. Being stuck in traffic for two years or more has a very high price. Most DOT project guides that I have seen give credence to the costs of that impact on residents. Johns Creek may be the exception.
According to the Georgia DOT webserver on traffic volumes, there were about 8619 cars per day traveling on Old Alabama during the three morning and evening hours that make up peak travel periods in Johns Creek in 2013.
Most of us have experienced worse delays than the 10 minutes I use for this example, but we will use that as the additional time each vehicle is taking to make it through the intersection.
That equals 86,190 minutes per day wasted sitting in traffic.
That equals 1,436 hours per day. At a value of $16 per hour(based on what other DOTs use for the cost of traffic delays), that works out to a cost of $22,984.00 per day.
And since there are 250 or so work days a year, that works out to $5,975,840.00 per year.
This suggests to me that the residents and drivers in and around Johns Creek will have nearly $12 million dollars in lost time, wear and tear on their vehicles, and general frustration while the City of Johns Creek will have saved around $5 million by having the Georgia Department of Transportation run this project.
Was it worth it?
MARTA is in the news a lot lately in Fulton County, as they push for more funds to expand heavy rail, especially in North Fulton County. We are told of the benefits of MARTA, and one could argue that there are indeed benefits, especially for those that do not own vehicles.
MARTA is pushing today for a sales tax increase that would increase their sales tax revenues by 50%. By doing so, Fulton County will be increasing the subsidies that are given for each MARTA rider.
But what is the true cost of of this Mass Transit system today, and where do the funds come from? Is it a positive or negative expense when it comes to other modes of transport?
Only 22% of MARTA’s funding comes from fares.
Twenty-two per cent of MARTA’s funding comes from Fare Revenue, 58% from sales tax revenues, and the other 20% from other sources such as State and Federal government. What would it cost if MARTA relied entirely on fares, and not on sales tax dollars,and federal and state dollars? Continue reading