Actual Factual North Fulton: Why is Hembree and Crabapple a mess?


Welcome to "Actual Factual," a regular column in which I, Becca Godwin, answer reader questions about goings-on in north Fulton. Here's one I did recently about what's being built next to a KFC in Roswell. 

Now that you're familiar, you'll find information for submitting your own questions at the bottom of this column. Cheers!

Reader Kari asks: What is going on around the Hembree Road & Crabapple Road area? It's a mess and has been for a while now. 

Great question, Kari.

I feel your traffic-related pain. On the list of Highly Aggravating Things, having to regularly use an inconvenient intersection is right up there with "stepping on a small, pointy object" and "spilling coffee on yourself before even leaving the house."

To answer your question, I first parked on one of the corners — right when Monday rush hour was heating up — and observed the intersection that consists of two, two-lane roads crossing in a neighborhood. 

The main problem, it seemed, was back-up created by the lack of turning lanes. When a car waiting to turn can't pull out into the intersection far enough for the vehicles behind them to pass, the line gets held up. It happens often.

This was most evident as I witnessed one car pull onto the side of the road to get around the car in front of it, which was waiting to turn left. (Note: the author recommends obeying traffic laws at all times. Santa is watching.)

Welcome to "Actual Factual," a regular column in which I, Becca Godwin, answer reader questions about goings-on in north Fulton. Here's one I did recently about what's being built next to a KFC in Roswell. 

Now that you're familiar, you'll find information for submitting your own questions at the bottom of this column. Cheers!

Reader Kari asks: What is going on around the Hembree Road & Crabapple Road area? It's a mess and has been for a while now. 

Great question, Kari.

I feel your traffic-related pain. On the list of Highly Aggravating Things, having to regularly use an inconvenient intersection is right up there with "stepping on a small, pointy object" and "spilling coffee on yourself before even leaving the house."

To answer your question, I first parked on one of the corners — right when Monday rush hour was heating up — and observed the intersection that consists of two, two-lane roads crossing in a neighborhood. 

The main problem, it seemed, was back-up created by the lack of turning lanes. When a car waiting to turn can't pull out into the intersection far enough for the vehicles behind them to pass, the line gets held up. It happens often.

This was most evident as I witnessed one car pull onto the side of the road to get around the car in front of it, which was waiting to turn left. (Note: the author recommends obeying traffic laws at all times. Santa is watching.)

I, Becca Godwin, am a staff writer with the AJC and a lover of metro Atlanta. To submit “Actual Factual” questions, contact me at becca.godwin@ajc.com, @BeccaJGGodwin on Twitter or via the form below.

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