Sadly, two women were killed in separate one-car accidents in December on Johnson Ferry Road in the 1.4 mile stretch between Abernathy Road and Riverside Drive. Sandy Springs police say that excessive speed through a construction zone likely caused the wrecks.
The Georgia DOT is widening Johnson Ferry Road from four lanes to six lanes to accommodate the large amount of commuters from Cobb County across the Chattahoochee River into Atlanta. The unlighted construction zone on Johnson Ferry consists of uneven pavement, orange barrels and steep grades.
Just prior to the second fatal wreck, police issued four speeding citations to drivers. Of the four citations, the slowest speed clocked was 57 miles per hour. The speed limit on Johnson Ferry is 35 miles per hour.
Sandy Springs police have been patrolling the stretch more frequently and have issued more than 300 citations since the fatal wrecks.
This stretch of Johnson Ferry has been particularly dangerous and heavily trafficked for years now. Some Atlanta residents may recall that years ago, one driver was so frustrated by his commute across the river that he shot the traffic control box on the side of the road at the intersection of Johnson Ferry and Riverside Drive. When the traffic isn't as heavy, the four-lane road twists and turns up and down hills, making speeding easy to commit. Add in darkness, construction issues, intermittent winter weather, and other drivers to the equation--and Johnson Ferry Road becomes just that more treacherous. Be careful out there.
Attorney Scott Williamson assists victims of negligence all over Georgia and North Atlanta: Dunwoody, Alpharetta, Sandy Springs, Roswell, Marietta, Smyrna, Johns Creek, Norcross, Duluth, Chamblee, and Tucker.