windward groundbreaking

Officials broke ground recently on Windward Parkway Phase II. Pictured from left are Scott Haggard, State Road & Tollway Authority; Dick Anderson, Fulton County; Commissioner Liz Hausmann, Fulton County; Councilman Dan Merkel, Alpharetta; Moses Brown, North Fulton CID Vice-Chairman; Mayor Jim Gilvin, Alpharetta; Sen. Brandon Beach, North Fulton CID Executive Director; Bob Regus, city of Alpharetta; Kristin Winzeler, North Fulton CID Program Director; Councilman Matt Kunz, Milton; Councilman John Hipes, Alpharetta; and Pete Sewczwicz, city of Alpharetta.

The North Fulton Community Improvement District and Alpharetta held a groundbreaking ceremony last week for a project to improve transportation flow for drivers along and entering Windward Parkway from Ga. 400 northbound.

The project’s first phase, completed in 2011, added a right turn lane at the bottom of the Windward exit ramp as well as an eastbound lane along Windward from the off-ramp to North Point Parkway. The Phase II project adds a triple-left-turn lane to the roadway.

“Windward Parkway is a regionally significant corridor with several large corporate headquarters, including McKesson, HP, Version, ADP and FiServ close to its interchange with Ga. 400. Due to its high volume of traffic, the North Fulton CID extensively studied this node to determine how to make the area more user-friendly,” a news release said.

Originally envisioned in the CID’s Blueprint North Fulton master plan and also included in Blueprint North Fulton 2.0, Windward Parkway Phase II will have a noticeable impact on “commuters, residents and daily visitors by significantly improving the off-ramp traffic from Ga. 400.”

To accommodate the triple-left turn lanes and increase capacity, Windward Parkway will also be widened to three lanes from the northbound exit ramp intersection to the Westside Parkway/Deerfield Parkway intersection.

The $7.18 million project is being jointly funded by the North Fulton CID, the city of Alpharetta, Georgia Department of Transportation, State Road and Tollway Authority and Fulton County.

“We are thrilled to see the city of Alpharetta and the greater north Fulton community continue to make improvements to Windward Parkway,” said Sen. Brandon Beach, North Fulton CID executive director. “We appreciate the support and collaboration of our partners that has allowed us the opportunity to improve such a high-traffic area.”

The project is scheduled for completion in 2020.

For regular updates about the Windward Parkway Phase II project, visit NorthFultonCID.com.