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Peachtree Road Improvements Nearly Complete; Ribbon-Cutting on Dec. 11

The two-year project is nearly completed, and a ribbon-cutting event is scheduled to celebrate the new transformation of Peachtree Road to a "complete street."

The flowers have been planted and the benches along the sidewalks are now installed. Slowly, the orange barrels are being removed. No more turning onto Peachtree Road from Lenox only to be forced to immediately merge into one lane.

Yep, it's true. The Peachtree Road improvements are finally complete after two years.

The ribbon-cutting for Phase II of the Peachtree Road transformation will take place on Dec. 11 at 1:30 p.m.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is among the scheduled speakers at the event, which will take place outside the Pinnacle building across from Phipps Plaza.

Buckhead Community Improvement District wanted to improve the busy Buckhead artery to make it more pedestrian-friendly and to create a "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.

What do you think of the changes? Should they have taken two years to complete? Tell us below in the comments.

Barbara L December 11, 2012 at 02:48 PM
What a waste of money.Traffic will be even worse if that's possible.
Barbara L December 11, 2012 at 02:52 PM
I wonder what friends of the Mayor and The City Council profited from these "enhancements" and how much of those profits will find their way into the pockets of our esteemed leaders?
Jennifer Moyers December 11, 2012 at 03:42 PM
I am delighted that there are beautification projects like this one being done to enhance the visual appeal of Atlanta as a major city. It may not be on par with streets like Michigan Ave. in Chicago but it's a good start. We need to be mindful of how we look-- it makes a difference in the long run and increases the appeal for residents and visitors and enhances the value of properties on those streets. I hope future projects will include extending this further on Peachtree and/or to other major Atlanta streets.
Urbanist December 12, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Only in Atlanta would one hold a ribbon cutting ceremony/photo op after failing miserably
chad.... December 12, 2012 at 10:21 PM
I was just visiting last Friday and noticed the concrete planters along p'tree st. most of the shrubs where half dead....... not to mention it took over 45m to drive from mathieson dr. to lenox mall at 330 in the afternoon........

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