Friday, September 21, 2012

Our petition for study has been granted!

I received this email response from the City regarding our petition to conduct a traffic study on Stonington.  Apparently, things move quickly during this phase, though we shall see.  By their timeframe, we should have results by or around October 12-13.  It is my hope that they not only study speed, but cut through traffic, and observing signs as well.  I will keep you posted as this develops.

Mr. O’Brien,

We received the signatures and I was able to verify them today. You have over 20% so we have ordered the traffic study and we will contact you once we receive those results. This usually takes 2-3 weeks, tops. Feel free to contact us with any further questions.



Jada Drysdale
Public Works Administrative Assistant
City of Dunwoody
41 Perimeter Center E, Suite 250, Dunwoody, GA 30346
(678) 382-6850 direct | (770) 396-4828 fax

Monday, September 17, 2012

Initial Interest is Established

We have forward progress!  As you may recall, the City of Dunwoody requested a petition signed by at least 20% of the properties on Stonington to establish our interest in conducting a further review of the traffic situation.  This petition was completed yesterday afternoon, well in advance of the October 1, 2012 deadline, and I have emailed a PDF copy to the City, as well as sent original documents.  I have declined to post original copies of the filing to this blog for privacy purposes, but I will be happy to share copies via private email should you wish.  Below, you will find a copy of the cover letter that I sent with the petition, which notes three major issues that should be addressed by the study.  I have redacted portions of my personal information for privacy purposes as well.

September 17, 2012


City of Dunwoody - Public Works Department
41 Perimeter Center East, Suite 250
Dunwoody, GA 30346

Re: Stonington Road Traffic Issues – Request for Study

Dear Ms. Drysdale:

            Pursuant to your helpful email communication of August 17, 2012, I have secured eight signatures of Stonington Road residents who are directly affected by the traffic issues I describe below.  This represents approximately 22% of the 36 homes that abut Stonington Road, and should serve to communicate to the City of Dunwoody that there is sufficient interest to proceed with a study.

            As I have communicated previously, an adequate study will address the impact of three factors that currently make Stonington Road unsafe.  These three factors are as follows:

  1. Drivers exceeding the speed limits by considerable amounts.  Stonington Road features a significant hill and valley, and allows cars to frequently attain speeds of 40-50 mph with very little difficulty (in a 25 mph zone).
  2. Failure to observe the stop signs.  Though the stop signs are posted at intersections, the “flow-through” nature, and steep hills of Stonington Road makes them very, very easy roll through.  It is common to see the stop signs ignored at very high speeds.
  3. Illegal use of Stonington Road as a cut through.  The neighborhood of Dunwoody North is surrounded by “No Cut Through” signs that are ignored.  Stonington Road siphons a considerable amount of this traffic.  Additionally, despite signs indicating that Stonington Road is closed to westbound traffic between 7-9am, a considerable amount of Tilly Mill traffic uses the Stonington Corridor illegally during those hours.

Please let me know if further information is required.  There is a great deal of enthusiasm in our neighborhood about finally having these concerns addressed by our local government, and I would like to ensure that I give the City fast and complete responses as needed.  Additionally, I am keeping our neighbors informed through my blog at .  We eagerly await your response.

                                                                        Very truly yours,

                                                                        Thomas C. O’Brien, Esq.
                                                            4### Huntington Circle (corner of Huntington and Stonington)
                                                            Dunwoody, GA 30338

                                                            6##-592-8262 (cell)
                                                            7##-451-6646 (home)

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