Track the Progress of the DeKalb Avenue “Complete Streets” Project; “Suicide Lane” Removal Still Planned

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Creative Loafing recently pointed out that you can track the progress of Atlanta’s infrastructure bond projects like you do your Domino’s pizza.

So we zipped on over to the Renew Atlanta site and checked out if there’d been any movement on turning much of DeKalb Avenue – Decatur’s nearby, major thoroughfare into Atlanta – into a Complete Street.  Atlanta is planning to spend around $33 million of the $250 million bond on creating “Complete Streets” around the city.

Well, there’s no advancement on DeKalb Ave. yet, but the description still makes it sound like the removable of the reversible lane (aka “suicide lane”) is still a key part of the plan.  Here’s the official description on the site…

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 Ave between MARTA Inman Park-Reynoldstown Station (Hurt St) and city limit.

As one of the flattest routes from Decatur to Atlanta – thanks to the Continental Divide – bicycling commuters are welcoming the change along the road.  But car commuters are more than a bit concerned about the downsizing of car capacity on this busy route, as evidenced by all the comments in our original post about this subject.

Atlanta Bond Plan Includes Removing DeKalb Ave Reversible Lane, Installing Bike Lane

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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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