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Conyers eyes changes to Olde Town intersection

CONYERS — One of the trickiest intersections to navigate in the city limits could be in line for improvements if the City Council approves an engineering contract at its regular meeting Wednesday night.

The four-way intersection at Scott, Pine Log, Green and Main streets in Olde Town can be a conundrum for motorists trying to decide who has the right of way and who has to yield. The matter is complicated by a CSX rail line that runs east and west through the intersection.

The council will consider a contract between the city and engineers Moreland Altobelli to provide a concept design for the intersection offering two options — a signalized intersection and a roundabout. The contract is for $22,957.

“This will be a concept plan to see if a signalized intersection or a roundabout would work or if it would require too much property acquisition for either one,” said David Spann, the city’s chief operating officer.

Spann said either plan would probably have to be designed around the railroad tracks as CSX is unlikely to make changes to the rail line.

The project has been on the city’s radar for a while, Spann said.

“We’ve been talking about it for years, whether or not we wanted to go ahead and look at some feasibility studies or fixes,” he said. “For a couple of years now we had decided to do this minor conceptual planning and go from there.”

If one of the conceptual designs is chosen, Phase B of the project would be full engineering and design work. Engineering and design plans for a signalized intersection would cost $99,124; the same plans for a roundabout would cost $84,924.