Fayetteville honors former city engineer

January 26, 2017 by  

The late Don Easterbrook, who passed away in 2012, was the city engineer for Fayetteville, Georgia, for over 20 years. He was recently honored in a way that seems most appropriate: he now has a road named for him.

On January 10, 2017, county and city officials joined members of Don Easterbrook’s family and his friends in a ceremony dedicating Easterbrook Way.

Easterbrook worked on many projects key to the city’s growth over the years, and this stretch of highway was extremely important to him. More than ten years ago, Easterbrook came up with a project to realign Highway 92-Hood Avenue, and this segment, which connects North Jeff Davis Drive with Highway 92 North was part of that overall effort.

Ken Steele, a former Fayetteville mayor, was a friend of Easterbrook’s, and spoke about him at length. He noted that when Easterbrook went to work for the city, the population was about 1,800. The area was about to undergo tremendous growth, and the infrastructure wasn’t ready. According to Steele, Easterbrook’s work helped handle the transition from a small community to a thriving city.

Easterbrook also studied roundabouts, and decided they would be a good alternative to traffic lights. His efforts resulted in the city installing its first roundabout, a traffic control device that is now popular with GDOT.

Events like this can be enhanced if organizers gather material about the honoree’s life, and give it to others using presentation folders to keep it neat and orderly.