The problem of achieving quick traffic relief in the Whitlock Ave.-Polk St. corridors has been discussed for years with little forward thinking about a permanent solution. In 2008, I suggested a cut-and-cover project for Whitlock as the only really viable fix to local and through-traffic woes.
The Wednesday article by Hilary Butschek shows local officials remain stymied as to what to do and how to go about it.
Since 120 is a state highway, the state government should be keenly interested and involved. A cut-and-cover project could add two or three lanes (reversible) beneath the lanes of Whitlock Ave. and leave surface-level traffic lanes as they now exist.
The trench could begin at Burnt Hickory Road and pass beneath Powder Springs Street, eliminating the bottleneck there.
Polk Street would remain as is. If an example is needed, look at I-95, which is trenched through Boston!
Dithering another eight or 10 years is no solution and another “study” will be a complete waste of time and money.