JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Fulton County will begin working Monday, Nov. 27, at night – 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. – on Barnwell Road through the end of 2017 laying reuse irrigation pipe.
The project will cost $13.7 million when completed and provide reuse irrigation water to five golf courses, two churches as well as all of Johns Creek’s public parks, according to Greg Thomas from Fulton County External Affairs Department.
Motorists are advised to limit the use of Barnwell Road while work continues.
Thomas said the work calls for 2.7 miles of pipe and conduit on Barnwell from Holcomb Bridge Road to the Country Club of the South entrance.
“This is an important Fulton County project and we are pretty much at the mercy of Fulton County to get it done,” said Mayor Pro Tem Steve Broadbent. “The county has to get this work done, but they need to ensure residents on Barnwell are not disturbed.”
Fulton is closing Barnwell to through-traffic beginning at 9 p.m. – but residents living in Barnwell Road subdivisions will still have access, according to Fulton authorities, said Johns Creek External Communications Manager Edie Damann.
“Motorists are also advised that for added safety, Barnwell Road has a temporary speed limit reduction to 35 mph in the construction zone through the end of the project,” Damann said.
In addition, there will be periodic lane closures to give workers the room they need to lay the irrigation pipe and conduit.
“This will cause significant congestion,” Damann said.
Fulton County must do this work because it ended its contract with Cauley Creek Water Reclamation Facility in the middle of a 20-year deal. Instead, the county simply switched to using potable water.
This immediately brought Fulton County out of compliance with state water conservation policies. After years of dickering, Fulton agreed to supply reuse water from the Johns Creek Environmental Campus – its water treatment facility for this watershed – to fulfill those contracts.
That solution requires the county to lay its own lines through several locations throughout Johns Creek.