It’s been a long time since the city got word back in 2010 that it won an LCI grant to improve ped/bike facilities along North McDonough. But that’s how it goes with Federal and State dollars. Deputy Mayor Hugh Saxon was always very clear that it would take many years to work thru the red tape to get this project started.
But enduring all that red tape has paid off! All and all, the city has managed to find fed and state money that will pay for a little of two-thirds of the total cost of the $5.5 million project. No small feat.
But there’s no time to sit and gloat about our grant writing skills! To work!
Work has just begun on transforming the old up-down speed zone into a more pedestrian and bike friendly avenue.
How friendly? The Decatur Extreme Makeover website states that improvements include “reducing North McDonough to 2 vehicle lanes, wider sidewalks, and a 2-way “cycle track” on the west side of the street, along with traditional streetscape improvements and on-street parking. The project will also feature “green infrastructure” improvements to improve storm water quality.” (We’ve reported all this before, but they just summed it up so nicely.)
The project will also work to improve pedestrian accessibility and safety at the dreaded train track crossing. Additionally for the gasoline-addicted 🙂 “New traffic signals allowing protected left turns on all legs of the 2 crossings are to be installed as well.”
The city promises that the project will be noisy and inconvenient and will take between 12-18 months. But heck if it won’t be a whole lot purdier when all is said and done!