General improvements consist of converting unnecessary curb cuts to sidewalk, fixing crumbling sidewalk and installing new ADA ramps. Landscaping and hardscaping improvements will be made throughout the corridor to increase aesthetics. The existing pavement within the project limits will be resurfaced including repair to the more damaged areas. After the new pavement is placed the roadway will be restriped. It is proposed that from Marietta St. to Brady Avenue the roadway will consist of one travel lane in each direction with a center two way left turn lane. Additionally, it is proposed that Howell Mill be realigned to intersect Marietta Street/West Marietta Street in a more perpendicular fashion.
From Brady Avenue to Morris St. bike lanes will be added to Howell Mill Rd. These bike lanes will be raised bike lanes. To accommodate the bike lanes the roadway will consist of one travel lane in each direction with a center two way left turn lane, except when adjacent to the water treatment facility, in which case there will be no center two way left turn lane. This project will provide linkages to other bike lanes that are proposed along Brady Ave. and Marietta St.
Mid-block crossings will be installed at 9th St. and at 11th St., with rapid flashing beacons to help pedestrians safely cross Howell Mill Rd. At the intersection with Brady Ave. a new signal will be installed, and the pedestrian crossing on the west side of the road will be shortened. A mid-block crossing will be installed between Trabert Ave. and Forrest St. with rapid flashing beacons. From Forrest St. to Antone St. the lane configuration will be updated to consist of one northbound travel lane, one southbound travel lane and a center two-way left turn lane, and shared road markings will be installed in the outside travel lanes. From Antone St. to Collier Rd. the lane configuration will remain unchanged, but shared road markings will be installed in the outside travel lanes. Two mid-block crossing will be installed between Forrest St. and Chattahoochee Ave. with rapid flashing beacons. The intersection with Beck St, will be signalized, and a left turn lane will be added to Howell Mill Rd in the northbound direction. Given the commercial nature of this area and the high amount of traffic it carries, night time construction will be allowed.
The Renew Atlanta bond program is one of multiple funding sources for the Howell Mill Road Complete Street Project. A Public Information Meeting was held 10/26/2016. A project update meeting was held 10/11/2018. The latest design drawings can be viewed here.