Atlanta City Councilmembers Kwanza Hall and Natalyn Archibong are encouraging residents and stakeholders to attend a community meeting for the Renew Atlanta Bond Program’s DeKalb Avenue Corridor Improvements Project on Thursday, November 17 from 6 until 8 p.m. at Liberty Baptist Church, 395 Chamberlain Street, S.E.
“DeKalb Avenue is a significant east-west corridor for many intown neighborhoods in Council Districts 2 & 5,” said District 2 Councilmember Kwanza Hall. “I hope that residents, small business owners and other stakeholders will attend this first community meeting and offer their suggestions for the future of the corridor.”
Under the Renew Atlanta Bond, passed by City of Atlanta voters in 2015, there is a plan to upgrade a portion of DeKalb Avenue to a Complete Street, a street that offers safe, comfortable, and convenient access to community destinations and public places–whether walking, driving, bicycling, or taking public transportation.
This would ensure streets are safe for people of all ages and abilities, balance the needs of different modes, and support local land uses, economies, cultures, and natural environments.
DeKalb Avenue is a major east-west corridor, linking the City of Atlanta and the City of Decatur. The limits of the proposed project are from Peachtree Street to the Atlanta City Limits. This corridor serves numerous adjoining residential neighborhoods from Downtown Atlanta to Kirkwood. Along this section of DeKalb Avenue there are six MARTA rail stations: Five Points, Georgia State, King Memorial, Inman Park-Reynoldstown, Edgewood, Candler Park and Eastlake. This corridor serves numerous destinations such as Georgia State University, the Lake Claire Pool, the Krog Street Market, Candler Park, Little Five Points, Grady Hospital and Historic Oakland Cemetery, and several retail and entertainment areas.
The corridor also parallels Interstate 20. Traffic volumes range from 10,000 to 11,000 vehicles per day. Sidewalks are present on the majority of the corridor. Bicycle lanes are located on the western segment of the corridor from Jesse Hill Jr. Drive to Jackson Street. There is also parallel bicycle lanes on Edgewood Avenue.
“I encourage all District 5 residents who live near or travel on the DeKalb Avenue Corridor to attend this important meeting. The goal of this meeting will be to explore ways to improve the safety of the pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists,” said Atlanta City Councilmember Natalyn Archibong.
“DeKalb Avenue is among the most challenging of our streets in the City of Atlanta with narrow widths defined on one side by the MARTA line, complex vehicular movements with the existing reversible lane, high traffic volumes, bike and pedestrian users, and higher accident rates,” said Faye DiMassimo, General Manager of Renew Atlanta Infrastructure Program. “The Renew Atlanta Bond and TSPLOST programs provide us with the opportunity to take a completely fresh look at the challenges and opportunities and redefine this important transportation link for the future. Residents and stakeholders are key to the effort.”
The $250 million program is the most significant investment in Atlanta’s above-ground infrastructure in more than a decade and is a first step toward resolving an infrastructure repair backlog of more than $900 million.