Patch Staff Report
An Buckhead open house was recently staged where design teams showcased concept drawings of the third and fourth phases of the Peachtree Road Transformation project.
The Peachtree Transformation, being lead by the Georgia Department of Transportation(GDOT) and the Buckhead Community Improvement District (BCID), is taking a pedestrian-unfriendly suburban arterial and creating a sophisticated, attractive complete street by adding granite curbing and medians, hardwood trees, seasonal color landscaping, bike lanes, wide sidewalks, modern lighting, buried utility lines, street furniture, and dedicated left turn lanes at signaled intersections.
The first phase of the project was completed in 2007 and runs from GA 400 to one block south of Piedmont Road at Maple Drive. The second phase was completed in 2012 and runs from Maple Drive to the Buckhead CID border at Roxboro Road.
Phases three and four are currently in the design stages and two public hearings will be held with the first being planned for late March or early April.
According to BCIDA, traffic analysis is being performed to guide development of design and model conditions both with and without potential future roadway modifications. Phase three begins at Maple Drive and extends to West Shadowlawn Avenue. This portion of the project is partially funded with an ARC grant and will undergo a lengthier review process due to federal guidelines.
Phase four begins at West Shadowlawn Avenue and ends at Sheridan Drive. This phase is expected to be completely funded by private sources, allowing construction to commence earlier than Phase three
Before the next public meeting, the public can view and provide input on the plan by going to the link below.
Concepts discussed are shown below.
Set A (Alt 1a & 2a) is for the section of the corridor from Peachtree Avenue to Pharr Road.
Set B (Alt 1b & 2b) is for the section of the corridor from Shadowlawn Avenue to Maple Drive
Set A & B combined (entire concept)
You may email BCID with your questions and comments regarding the project. Please note that your questions and comments may be posted to this website or other outlets for viewing by the public.
Construction is expected to begin on Phase four in 2014 and Phase three in 2015. Phases three and four of the Peachtree Transformation are part of a larger system enhancement called “operation improvements” of Peachtree Road extending south to Spring Street in Midtown.
The primary goal of the project is to reduce crashes by modifying the existing roadway cross-section to include designated left-turn lanes. The project will also serve as a primary bike route connecting Midtown to Buckhead.
GDOT is leading the other phases of the project in coordination with the City of Atlanta and Midtown Alliance. A working group called The Peachtree Task Force has been formed to coordinate public involvement and design for the entire corridor.
Click here to view the location of the Buckhead CID’s Phases three and four, as well as the phases led by GDOT.
- The Buckhead Community Improvement District provided information for this report.