Atlanta residents are being asked to vote July 31 on a referendum that will fund $8.5 billion in transportation improvements through a regional ten-year, one-percent sales tax. With the sheer amount of projects being discussed concerning the Regional Transportation Referendum (157 regional projects and many more local projects), trying to sort through them all and figure out which ones will have the biggest impact on you can be overwhelming.
Below is a look at high priority projects that will have an impact on Buckhead and are recommended for funding by by CIty of Atlanta staff for fiscal years 2013-2018. These projects are pulled directly from adopted transportation plans, with special focus on multimodal corridor improvements along major city-maintained roadways within economic development priority areas.
The draft list of high priority projects, being paid for out of the 15% discretionary revenue, was developed through a comprehensive public involvement process, which included a series of four public open houses in February and March 2012.
These high priority projects differ from the in that they will reportedly be updated on an annual basis and may change based on shifting priorities, revenue collection and project costs. Final Investment List Projects are not subject to change.
It is recommended that roughly 45% of the City’s estimated discretionary revenue (about $20 million over five years) be directed toward these high-priority projects.
Chastain Park Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvements: Project includes milling and repaving, sidewalk and ADA ramp repair and installation, new sidewalk and multi-use path construction and interaction safety improvements along Powers Ferry Road between the city limits and Roswell Road, including intersection safety improvements at Powers Ferry at Lake Forrest Dr./Putnam Cir./Putnam Dr.
Mount Paran Road at Northside Parkway Improvements: Project includes milling and repaving and intersection capacity improvements along Mount Paran Road from I-75 North to Paces Ferry Road, including the addition of a right-turn lane on Mount Paran Road northbound to Northside Parkway southbound and installation of a multi-use path along the east side of Northside Parkway from Northgate Drive to Mount Paran Road.
Sutton Middle School Access Improvements: Project includes milling and repaving, sidewalk and ADA ramp repair and installation, and addition of bicycle facilities along Jett Road between city limits and Powers Ferry Road and Hillside Drive between Northside Drive and Powers Ferry Road.