Members of the local development community gathered Thursday in downtown Woodstock to learn about current trends and projects relating to transportation in Woodstock and the surrounding area.
The event was hosted by city of Woodstock Community Development Department and The Council for Quality Growth, a not-for-profit trade association that supports quality growth and development. Arcadis Design & Consultancy sponsored the event along with Chick-fil-a and Publix.
Mayor Donnie Henriques and City Manager Jeff Moon welcomed attendees including state Rep. Michael Caldwell, John Wallace, field representative for U.S. Congressman Barry Loudermilk’s office, Cherokee County Commission Chairman Harry Johnston and Woodstock Councilmen David Potts and Rob Usher.
Matt McDow, vice president of Arcadis Design & Consultancy, which has been working on a transportation corridor study with City of Woodstock, presented on innovation and collaboration in Woodstock and beyond.
“Woodstock appreciates its history and downtown culture,” McDow said. “They are really forward thinking and willing to go outside the box and outside their comfort zone.”
McDow said improving traffic in downtown Woodstock is a network issue and the solution is to bypass the congestion in order to maintain walkability and charm. He shared plans for the Woodstock Hub Transformation Project. The focal point of the project is a roundabout at Mill Street and Towne Lake Parkway.
The plan identifies the need to convert Mill Street to a two-way street. Once complete, this will allow people traveling north on Main Street to make a left on Mill Street instead of Towne Lake Parkway. The traffic model shows an approximate 40% delay reduction in the heart of Downtown Woodstock.
Geoffrey Morton, Cherokee County Community Development Agency director, gave an extensive presentation of the county’s transportation work program, with a wide array of county-wide road projects and system improvements.
David Acree. Georgia Department of Transportation assistant engineer, gave an overview of GDOT District 6 services and contacts with some noteworthy state project updates.
Woodstock Public Works Director Rob Hogan shared plans and progress on current projects in the city.
“We want to minimize the ambiance disruption,” Hogan said. “That means narrow, slow, pedestrian-centric roads. We look at patterns of through commuters and destination traffic.” Hogan also shared long-term plans for Dobbs Road, Rope Mill Road and Neese Road.
City of Woodstock Community Development Director Brantley Day discussed public private partnerships with developers to make significant road connections associated with current projects such as Ridge Trail to Rope Mill Road and Reeves Street to Highway 92.
Brian Stockton, Woodstock economic development director, presented the history of the trail master plan and included updates on current projects like connecting the Noonday Creek Trail with the Noonday Creek Trail in Cobb County.
Woodstock Senior City Planner Katie O’Connor shared details about Woodstock’s participation as a recipient of Georgia Tech’s 2019 Georgia Smart Community Challenge partnership with the Atlanta Regional Commission.
For a map of all current transportation projects in the City of Woodstock, go to wdstk.ga/transportationmap. For more information on City of Woodstock, go to woodstockga.gov.