Through the hendersonroad.com mailbox, I received an
email from Steven Ware who lives on Henderson Road. He'd observed a
survey crew working on Henderson Road during Thanksgiving week near
Cardinal Drive and Tipperary Trail. He asked if I knew why they are
surveying Henderson Road, and is there some kind of construction about to
start. Steven provided me with the company name on the trucks.
Both EES Consulting, Inc. (survey crew) and Pond & Company
(engineering consultant) have been very responsive to my calls.
Steven and I thought the Henderson Road neighborhood
probably would have the same questions as we do about the project.
I've posted our questions and responses provided by Kevin Skinner of Pond
Both sides. In locations
where sidewalk already exists, it will be maintained and not replaced.
It depends on many
factors. The engineering design is not complete yet. If additional
property is needed beyond the county right of way, county representatives
will meet with owners to purchase this property. They can answer specific
questions about setbacks, shrubs, fences, hill slopes, etc. at that time.
Once the preliminary design is complete, the plans will available for
review at DeKalb County Engineering offices.
This depends on the
specific conditions related to each parcel. This project will require some
clearing of trees and shrubbery, but clearing will be kept to a minimum.
Generally, the curb &
gutter and related storm drain piping system will eliminate the need for
drainage ditches. Some ditches may remain and this will be determined
during engineering design.
Each driveway affected
will be replaced in kind, concrete for concrete, asphalt for asphalt. The
county will work with owners in special circumstances. If
a drainage ditch is maintained, the pipe under the driveway will be
maintained or replaced.
Access to residences will
be maintained during the construction process. If necessary,
reconstruction of driveway entrances will be coordinated with the
Mailboxes will be moved
to either the buffer strip between the curb and sidewalk, or behind the
sidewalk depending on the specific conditions related to each location.
Two lanes of traffic will
remain open during construction. If temporary closure of a travel lane is
required, a reasonable time of day will be chosen, and signage or flagmen
will be utilized.
The project was selected
for funding by the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners.
The project is being
sponsored by DeKalb County. The construction will be paid for by a
combination of Federal and County funds.
This project is scheduled
to begin construction in 2009. The Henderson Road corridor is only one
part of this three-part project. The other corridors are Flat Shoals Road
and Salem Road. The entire project is estimated to take 12 months to
complete. The timetable to begin construction and the duration of
construction are subject to change as more detailed designs are developed.
Contact the Engineering
Consultant, Kevin Skinner of Pond & Company at 678.336.7740 for more
The proposed curb &
gutter is 30" wide (24" gutter, 6" curb). A 2' grass strip is proposed
between the curb and the 5' wide sidewalk.
When construction beings,
the contractor will install work zone signs in the vicinity. County
representatives will contact property owners directly to discuss the
purchase of any property that is needed for this project.
There is not a project
website, but residents can contact Kevin Skinner of Pond & Company
at 678.336.7740 for more information.
(Sources: Steven Ware, Kevin Skinner, Jenni
project is moving along, but we are still a long way from
construction. I will keep you informed when we reach milestones. I am
as anxious as anyone, so we're doing everything we can. (Kevin
Some general advice I could give is for people to
make sure to locate their landscaping off the county right of way. Each
person should have a survey of their property and usually the property
map will have the county right of way line. If the county is impacting
landscaping, fences, trees, etc. within a property, the county will
negotiate terms with the owner on a case by case basis. (Kevin
are more than halfway done with the plans (keep in mind there are 3
corridors for this contract). Once the design is nearly done,
county officials will need to meet with each and every owner on
Henderson where additional right of way is required. This is a
long process. Since there are 3 corridors, it could take a year or
two. The project is not let for construction until all the required
property is acquired. So unfortunately, we are still a few years
away from construction. (Kevin Skinner)
The Environmental Clearance is estimated to be complete by November,
and the entire design will probably be complete by June 2010. Then,
buying the property from all the land owners will take several months,
perhaps a year. Construction can only begin once all the property is
acquired. Keep in mind, there are 3 corridors, Henderson is only one of
three. (Kevin Skinner)
spoke with a representative of DeKalb County today, and unfortunately
this project is on hold for a while until more money is available to buy
the properties along these 3 corridors. I wish I had better news, but
it appears that this project will sit for a while. (Kevin
just spoke with David @ DeKalb County (Transportation Division) and the
Board of Commissioners approved funds to proceed with the acquisition of
parcels for the side walk project; the money was allocated from HOST
funds. The board need to allocate more money for the 20% matching fund
next year (80% is already available form federal funds). He told me that
they will soon proceed with acquisitions since they already know which
one of the properties they need to purchase. The total money allocated
for the 3 corridors appears to be 1 million dollars. (Yared,
Henderson Road homeowner)
Agenda Summary from May 10, 2011
H2. Appropriation of 2011 HOST Infrastructure Funds to Project
Accounts (Accepted to the Regular BOC Meeting agenda; Assigned to the
Planning, Economic Development & Public Works Committee) APPROVED
Tax solution cuts DeKalb
projects, adds work in cities
(click here for
11/11/11 ajc.com article)
18 County Sidewalks
The design work is mostly complete, and is waiting on the Right of Way
acquisition to complete before being finalized. The county has
limited funds, and is not currently able to buy the properties
needed. As stated below, they hope to get additional HOST funding in
a few months. The project is not dead, but is stalled until more
money is available. I would expect at least 2 years before
Right-of-way acquisition is pretty much on hold now because only
minimal HOST funds were approved for the project in 2011. We hope to
get more funding from 2012 HOST. We should know the answer to that
sometime in March or April.
David Pelton P.E.
looks like the side walk project is back on track. I spoke with
David [Pelton] at DeKalb County Transportation and he informed me that
they were funded to acquire properties along the side walk; the right
away acquisition will start this summer and the side walk project is
scheduled to start on 2014. (Yared,
Henderson Road homeowner)
I talked with David [Pelton]
at DeKalb County Transportation from the county and the side walk
project is a little delayed but they are planning to complete by late
Henderson Road homeowner)
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