Decatur residents have just a few more days – June 30th! – to provide online feedback on the city’s concepts to “Reimagine West Howard Avenue”. Click here to do so on Open City Hall. 331 of your neighbors have already done so! (as of the time of publication)
Here’s the city’s summary from Open City Hall for your reference…
Studies have been conducted to examine solutions that will transform Howard Avenue into a more lively street, using public art, landscaping, street furniture, lighting, and programming.
The community has had the opportunity to give input during open discussions on project ideas that have already been received, and to share additional thoughts and ideas about how to improve this corridor.
Based on public input (surveys, public meeting, and public comments), data analysis, and corridor aesthetics, the City of Decatur has drafted proposed design improvements for West Howard Avenue from the city limits near Paden Circle to North McDonough Street.
After reviewing the proposed concepts, feel free to provide feedback or suggestions for the project team.
And since I know you all love easy access to renderings, here are a few more from the city’s handout…
So says Andisheh. And he provides this photo to back up the observation.
At last night’s city commission meeting, Public Works Manager David Junger informed the commission that the 30 mph speed limit recently approved by the commission had been rejected by the Georgia Department of Transportation and would have to be raised back to 35mph.
The resulting conversation revealed some interesting rules regarding setting speed limits. First, local governments can put up speed limit signs that say whatever they want, but the only enforceable limits are those backed up by the GDOT. Secondly, GDOT uses some sort of “85% rule” to determine road speed limits, though I must admit Mr. Junger was talking over my head at that point and yelling follow-up questions at my television went unnoticed.
So, the city commission begrudgingly approved replaceing the old 30mph signs with the old 35mph signs. (The enforceable speed limit was never actually changed) The move was made with the express intent that the city would now begin strongly enforcing the speed limit in the West Howard corridor.
City Manager Peggy Merriss reminded the commission – and those in attendance – that much of that strip of road is still a school zone with a 25mph limit during school hours. According to Ms. Merriss, school zone fines are often in excess of $400 a pop.