Smyrna City Council members Mike McNabb, Ward 4, and Wade Lnenicka, Ward 6, are hosting a meeting Wednesday, Aug. 31, at for residents of Forest Hills and Hickory Hills to discuss traffic problems in their neighborhoods.
Members of the Forest Hills Preservation Group, a neighborhood association comprised of volunteers, raised concerns about the high volume of traffic and speeding in their neighborhood at their annual meeting in May. The group was concerned about increased traffic along the neighborhood’s main corridors: Lee Street, Dunn Street and Collier Drive.
Since the meeting, the group formed a study committee to monitor traffic flow through the neighborhood. Keith Williams, Smyrna’s city engineer, has also been monitoring the area’s traffic patterns.
Lnenicka explained that purpose of the meeting is three-fold: to get citizen input, to propose solutions and to educate residents about traffic safety.
McNabb elaborated the point at Monday’s council meeting.
“It will be an opportunity to look at recommendation from both the Forest Hills study committee to look at traffic patterns and traffic calming as well,” he said. “By that time our city engineer will have had time to summarize four weeks of traffic study data that he has been collecting to look at the actual nature of the problem out there and to educate both communities on the types of design opportunities out there to be considered for both traffic calming and speeding in the neighborhood, particularly for cars that use that neighborhood between the King Springs/South Cobb corridor and Atlanta Road.”
Although the areas of concern lie in Forest Hills, neighboring Hickory Hills residents are also impacted, Lnenicka said.
“And because the people living on those streets and traveling those streets from the Hickory Hills neighborhood further south of there have got to go somewhere to get in and out, oftentimes that’s through Forest Hills, whatever we do in Forest Hills affects them,” he said. “So we want to include them in the discussion and the education about don’t speed through somebody else’s neighborhood just because you don’t live there.”
Lnenicka added that the Aug. 31 meeting will probably be the first of many in a process to find a solution for the neighborhood.
“Mike and I are still sort of formulating,” he said. “Let’s try to see if we can arrive at some conclusions together that Mike and I can then bring to the council, hopefully with the support of the city engineer and the public safety departments and see if we can do something about it.”
The meeting begins at 7 p.m. and is expected to run about 90 minutes.