The North Fulton CID and the City of Alpharetta officially broke ground on the Windward Parkway Phase II project last week in a ceremony attended by several elected officials and leaders from various statewide agencies. The groundbreaking was led by CID Executive Director Brandon Beach, City of Alpharetta Mayor Jim Gilvin and CID Vice Chairman Moses Brown. Attendees included representatives from the State Road and Tollway Authority, Fulton County, the City of Alpharetta, local media and the project’s construction and design partners.
This second phase of the Windward Parkway project will add a triple-left-turn lane to improve transportation flow for drivers along and entering Windward Parkway from Georgia 400 northbound. An additional westbound lane will be added on Windward Parkway and end in a right turn at Deerfield Parkway. The project also includes turning a single left turn into a double left turn from drivers heading south on Westside Parkway from Windward Parkway. The 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.
Windward Parkway is a regionally significant corridor with several large corporate headquarters close to the Georgia 400 interchange, including HP, Verizon, ADP, Halyard Health and FiServ. Due to the high volume of traffic, the CID studied this area to determine how to make the area more user-friendly. Originally envisioned in the Blueprint North Fulton master plan and also included in Blueprint North Fulton 2.0, the Windward Parkway improvements will have a noticeable impact on the commuters, residents and daily visitors by significantly improving the off-ramp traffic from Georgia 400.
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. The total CID investment to date has been just over $1 million. The project is scheduled for completion in 2020.