If you live in Decatur and commute regularly to downtown Atlanta, you will likely be interested in this.
In March, Atlantans will go to the polls to vote on a $250 million bond for infrastructure improvements around the city. Though these projects all obviously fall outside the Decatur city limits, not surprisingly, many could impact the day-to-day of many commuting Decatur residents.
Of particular note, the bond list includes $2.5 million to remove the reversible lane on DeKalb Avenue. Here’s the description for the project on Atlanta’s vast Infrastructure Map…
Complete Street improvements inclusive of milling and repaving, sidewalk and ADA ramp repair and installation, reversible lane removal and addition of bicycle facilities along DeKalb Av from MARTA Inman Park-Reynoldstown Station (Hurt St) to city limit.
Bike facilities? What’s that?
A recent post on the Atlanta Bike Coalition website fills things in and reaches a bit further…
DeKalb Ave has been added to the list as a Complete Street. This includes bike lanes, turn lanes, and no reversible lane – big win! But this project shouldn’t stop in the middle at Inman Park – ask for it to be extended to connect with the Decatur Street bike lanes.
You may recall that Decatur and Atlanta jointly applied for a Federal TIGER grant last April to transform Howard and DeKalb Avenues into “Complete Streets”, which it didn’t receive in 2014.
Of course, there are dozens upon dozens of other projects on the docket if the bond passes the muster of Atlanta voters. You can check them out HERE. Other improvements around Decatur include the repaving of various Atlanta roads (College Avenue, Oakdale Road, North Ave) and a variety of traffic signal improvements.
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