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“Like negotiating with the North Koreans” former PTC Councilmember Kevin Madden on 54/74 intersection debate

Former Councilmember Kevin Madden. Photo: Michael Cuneo

By Leah Banks –

PEACHTREE CITY — When it comes to Peachtree City, the citizens are what makes the city thrive. On April 12 the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee met to discuss incorporating community opinions on three major topics.

The meeting began to break down the data so far from the Comprehensive Plan survey that residents can take. Many residents identified transportation and parks and recreation as significant problems in the community. 

Robin Callioux, the director of planning in Peachtree City, led the discussion on these topics by highlighting the major drawbacks the area was facing, including alternatives to address the traffic congestion on Highway 74/54. 

“This is a really big issue and we have done many different studies on what to do about this that include alternate routes and ideas,” Callioux said. 

The meeting continued with suggestions made by members of the community and members of the steering committee on how to address the traffic congestion and alternative methods of study. 

Some of the members suggested that there be a bypass added to level the traffic on Highway 54/74, but Callioux highlighted that it would take each municipality to be in agreement on the addition of a bypass system. 

Many members of the steering committee found speaking with municipalities pointless. Kevin Madden, a member of the steering committee, equated speaking to the councils of other towns to trying to negotiate with North Korea. 

“We can talk ‘til we’re blue in the face, but they’re not gonna give an inch on any roads that can conceptually be a northern or southern bypass to this town. This is like negotiating with the North Koreans. They sit at the table and all they are waiting on is for us to say ‘Yeah we’ll open up this road’ and it takes two to tango,” Madden expressed.

Other members of the committee agreed that it was difficult to convey these ideas and suggestions to the council with thoughts that they would go unheard or unacknowledged, 

Given that the true facilities to go through regarding road congestion would be GDOT, the steering committee concluded that each suggestion from the survey data would be presented and added to their proposed docket. 

The Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee is scheduled to meet again on May 10 at 6 p.m. at City Hall. 

By Leah Banks

Leah Banks is a reporter for Fayette News. She graduated from Loyola University - New Orleans with a degree in Journalism in May 2019. As a reporter, she covers mainly Peachtree City and Tyrone areas. Leah has an interest in community outreach as well as local initiatives. In her free time, she enjoys reading mystery novels and listening to jazz music. Leah can be reached at leah@fayette-news.net.