Patch Staff Report
The Peachtree Transformation 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 of the Peachtree Transformation are currently in the design phase and an open house about such will be held next week. Concepts discussed at last month's meeting can be found here.
A 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.
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. The
Georgia Department of Transportation (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
Community Improvement District (BCID) will host a public open house to
gain feedback, present concept drawings, explain the project in detail
and seek/answer questions and concerns regarding the exciting
transformation of Peachtree Road from Maple Drive to Sheridan Drive.
All members of the public are encouraged to attend.
Thursday – April 3, 2014
Attendance is encouraged anytime between 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church (PRUMC), located at 3180 Peachtree Road.
Parking at PRUMC is convenient. A surface parking lot (BLUE LOT) is immediately adjacent to the church located off Mathieson Drive (turn at Wendy’s).
PRUMC is also easily accessible via MARTA bus route 110, which travels along the Peachtree Road corridor.