By Bee Nguyen, Representative for Georgia House District 89.
On Monday, April 20, hundreds of people attended the public meeting on the DeKalb Avenue Complete Street Project. As a resident who has lived parallel to DeKalb Ave. for the last decade, I have used this major thoroughfare on a daily basis. I drive, bike, run, walk, and take transit on DeKalb Ave. Over the years, I have witnessed many accidents and have nearly been hit by cars on several occasions as a pedestrian.
The bottom line: DeKalb Ave. is not a safe street for anyone. A 2017 study reports 345 crashes on DeKalb Avenue with 101 injuries sustained from those accidents. This photo shows a car accident that happened just last week.
The DeKalb Avenue Complete Street Project is among the list of projects funded by our TSPLOST dollars.
- Project Purpose: The purpose of DeKalb Avenue corridor improvements is to provide a safe corridor for all modes of users, pedestrians, cyclists, vehicular traffic, buses, and rail.
- Project Description:The scope of the project includes corridor improvements along DeKalb Ave., including milling, resurfacing, re-striping, traffic communications, corridor signal upgrades, bus stop enhancements, streetscapes, extended bike lanes, and pedestrian safety improvements.
- Project Timeline:
- Phase I (8 months to one year): Operational improvements and removal of reversible lanes; resurfacing; traffic signal and communication upgrades, pavement marking (left turn lane installation).
- Phase II (Less than two years): Conduct survey of project limits; initiate and finalize engineering design; corridor and pedestrian improvement (sidewalk, pedestrian crossings and ADA); bike facility improvements; drainage repairs; and fiber installation.
- Estimated completion: 2020. The fourth and final public meeting will take place during Phase II of the project.
To provide feedback and public commentary about the project, visit: www.RenewAtlantaBond.com.
Source: Bee Nguyen’s email to constituents dated April 23, 2018.