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Briarcliff Construction, Road Closures to Continue Until February

DeKalb County is replacing the main waterline along the busy thoroughfare.

Motorists who frequently drive along Briarcliff Road have noticed electronic signs over the last week or two alerting them to find an alternate route to their destination due to construction. That's never a good sign for our clogged transportation arteries.

But you can expect that issue to continue unfortunately.

DeKalb County is replacing the main waterline along the road – a project that will last until February, according to a notice the county sent residents near the roadwork. The project is forcing the county to close the street partially or completely from Shallowford Road to Henderson Mill Road during construction hours. But no street closure is expected to last more than seven hours at a time, the notice said.

Here is the rest of the notice from GS Construction, which is doing the work:

We ask for your cooperation in trying to keep children away from the work area, equipment, signs and notices. Construction in your vicinity may not take place in one continuous time period as there are several phases of construction. It also may not extend for the entire period between September 2012 through February 2013). Except for special circumstances, normal work hours will be between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The work is expected to be completed by February 2013 barring unforeseen problems and weather conditions. Every effort will be made to complete this essential work as quickly as possible and with the least inconvenience to your residence and community. We anticipate minimal disturbance to your yard. Your assistance and cooperation during the construction period is crucial and appreciated.

During construction, Marc Smith, with GS Construction, Inc. can be contacted for any concerns at (404) 557-6943. If he cannot be reached, please call Monty Rawls, Construction Manager for Atkins, representing DeKalb County at 678-758-7728.

Jonathan Cribbs August 29, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Yikes...
Tom Doolittle August 29, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Thanks for getting this info. The neighborhoods are used as cutthroughs 7:30 to 8:30 AM and 5:00 to 6:30 PM. Detours will be interesting, considering the limited capacity of neighborhood roads, if you don't live there, you're looking at three times the normal volume on Briarlake to Lavista on the south end and Henderson Mill all the way around to Mercer and I-85 for some--or Henderson Mill to Lavista and down to Briarlake on the south. This is a very unusually placed 1/2 mile link of road. What about people who live on Briarcliff during closed hours?
Bill Lowe August 29, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Payton road will be an interesting alternate. DeKalb County should be able to pay for this water main upgrade with a few cops on Payton monitoring speed and those that are ignorant of the stop sign.
Tom Doolittle August 29, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Yes--the route thru to the connecting street to Briarlake will be an option, but again all neighborhood level detours will go to capacity before the main roads will be chosen--Briarlake/Briarcliff, Henderson Mill to Mercer and I-85. I assume traffic will be allowed to get past the H-Mill intersection to get to Payton. I suppose they'll move the entrance to B'cliff as they work their way down. The other thing that makes this one of the most important 1/2 mile of roads is that it is used to Bypass Spaghetti during more than rush hour. Fridays you can expect a long long wait to get home.
Kevin Cooney August 30, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Does anyone know if they are putting in sidewalks?
Jonathan Cribbs August 30, 2012 at 02:17 PM
I haven't heard anything about that. If they are, it has nothing to do with this project.
Tammy August 30, 2012 at 02:32 PM
No sidewalks, they only build those in the southern part of the county for the subdivisions that haven't been built yet.
Paul Bamford August 30, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Sidewlaks and construction: if they could just do the last remaining strip of sidewalk at the bottome of the gulch just east of Shallowford and West of Cravey----it would be complete from Northlake all the way to LHS, and on to Oak Grove. What a concept.
Paul Bamford August 30, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Spelling of sidewalks is wrong...and bottome Sigh
T Medlock August 30, 2012 at 04:23 PM
County/Contractors need to provide updates and notices via web link for all, but for residents on Briarcliff for certain!
Tom Doolittle August 30, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Paul, et al--state contracted crews surveyed Briarcliff for sidewalks on both sides from Clairmont to Kinkos three years ago. Construction must come from a different pot. Re: Road closure-- I took Briarcliff to Lakeside at 3:50 today. Almost unending stream of cars off Shallowford onto Briarcliff headed toward the mall. I assume it's like that from 3:00 or so. Maybe the county will shut down work at 3:00, not 4:00.
Tom Doolittle August 31, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Electronic sign says the road will close to one lane during construction hours, not a full closure. Essentially, locals are advised to seek neighborhood routes. The sign mentions detours, but I don't see any detour signs guiding the unannointed thru neighborhoods. Anyway, that answers the question about people who live on Briarcliff getting to their homes.
Eva Shaw September 05, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Why is it taking 6 (six) months to do this "job"? Nuts - just another example of inept planning, spending and execution of an ordinary repair. I can just envision the money flying out to pay for all those people who keep the drivers seat warm. Not to mention the people just standing around. Eva Shaw
Tom Doolittle September 05, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Work started at the top end yesterday--doesn't go past Serpentine/Payton, where the flag-men start the one-lane traffic. Gone by 4:00 PM.
Jonathan Cribbs September 05, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Likely has more to do with the limited windows of time in which they can do the work. So, that timeframe, I would imagine, is a product of planning. Not a lack of it.
Tom Doolittle September 21, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Methodically staged about 100 feet per day on each end of Briarcliff. Work doesn't appear to be any problem for motorists. I've driven the route just prior to 4:00 PM and just after--no hangover at Shallowford. Anybody had problems? Notes: Briarcliff will be repaved at the end of the job. Survey markings above Briarcliff Way may indicate future sidewalk construction.
Local Neighbor October 10, 2012 at 04:53 PM
So then what is going on by the QT at NDH and Briarcliff? It took me 15 minutes to get off the 85 North exit yesterday at 1030am and Briarcliff in front of Loehmann's Plaza is a parking lot today... Is it linked to the waterline construction or something entirely different?
P. Dickerson January 05, 2013 at 06:39 PM
Why not sidewalks on Payton as well?

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