Lewis Extension a 'Road to Nowhere'?

A project will extend the street to Old Lost Mountain Road—a move officials hope will make the downtown area more accessible and will help with traffic congestion at the Brownsville Road railroad crossing.

An upcoming $1.4 million road project, paid for by 2005 SPLOST funds, will extend Lewis Road from its current Marietta Street ending through the Town Square and to Old Lost Mountain Road, the Marietta Daily Journal reported in June. Additionally, $2 million will pay for property acquisitions and aesthetics, the newspaper said.

Officials hope the move will make the downtown area more accessible and will help with traffic congestion.

Some City Council members occasionally joke that the first Lewis Road extension—which connected Highway 278 and Marietta Street, was completed in 2010, and, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, cost $20 million—is called “a road to nowhere” by constituents.

Far fewer cars are typically seen driving on Lewis Road than nearby streets.

At a June City Council meeting, about the newer project, saying there are already three ways connecting Marietta Street and Old Lost Mountain Road.

He noted a lack of development around the city, and said the project was being made with “futility" and that the money could be “more wisely spent.”

Mayor Pat Vaughn defended the undertaking, saying the city is “hopeful” that “things will turn around” for more development.

We want to know what you think.

Will the new Lewis Road still be a “road to nowhere”? Or do you look forward to using it once it’s extended to Old Lost Mountain Road? Tell us in the comments. 

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Chris Wizner September 05, 2012 at 06:00 PM
I too have joked about the “road to nowhere” when referring to the current Lewis Road Extension. As it stands now that is somewhat true. Unfortunately when this road was built in the past few years the funds were not available to complete it in its entirety, as was planned. This completion is connecting it to the RDS Parkway and allows a better corridor through town. I have noticed more cars using the road than when it was opened, but admit it is still underutilized. The new project will not only extend the road to RDS Parkway, but redesign the current one way intersection at the red light on Marietta Street to allow two-way traffic. This will allow better access through town in the future when the railroad has plans to double or triple track the crossing at Brownsville Road and will hopefully open up the Lewis Road Extension for future commercial development along the road and in the downtown area.
Lois Freeland September 05, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Sounds like that "hope and change" stuff coming out of the mayor's office.
TERESA SMITH September 05, 2012 at 11:19 PM
I don't see much traffic at all on the Lewis Road as it sits today , but maybe with the extension more people will use it. But their is no reason to come into the downtown area and I live here in town and it is just a dead area after 6:00. Hopefully the new road will help to clean up the Lynn Dr. area, the police are there most nights and the litter is horrible on that street . I think it is a waste of splost or tax payers money but let's hope for the best.
Longtime PS Resident September 07, 2012 at 04:50 PM
So, the goal of the Lewis Road extension is to bring more business downtown, and it costs us (taxpayers) $20 million so far, plus more to extend the road to Old Lost Mountain. Couldn't that $20 million be better spent to bring businesses downtown, in the form of business loans, or tax credits, or worker retraining? Or was it federal money that they applied for that can only be used for roads? Is that what they call pork, spending large amounts of tax dollars to benefit just a few people (the road construction company)


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