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.