Decatur City Commission considering agreement to build Commerce Drive cycle track

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt March 20, 2017

The Decatur City Commission is considering an agreement with the PATH Foundation to build a cycle track on Commerce Drive.

The project will include three segments on West Trinity Place and Commerce Drive. It would create a two-way cycle track with a landscape buffer. The agreement is on the agenda for the March 20 meeting.

The commission is also being asked to set a $1 million budget for the project. The project would be funded with $200,000 from the city’s capital improvements budget and $550,000 in Homestead Option Sales Tax revenues. The PATH Foundation will contribute $200,000 and the developers of the Alexan apartments will kick in $50,000.

“The Commerce Drive Cycle Track was the first project recommended for implementation in the recently adopted Decatur PATH Connectivity Plan,” a memo to city commissioners says. “It provides a connection with two City-approved bike/pedestrian improvements, the North McDonough Streetscape Improvements (under construction) and the planned Church Street Cycle Track.”

Here is a photo illustration and map of the project:

The commission is also considering setting a $40,000 budget and entering into an agreement with the PATH Foundation to build a portion of the East Decatur Greenway. That would cover a portion of the South Columbia Drive section of the trail. When completed, the 1.1 mile trail will provide access from 890 Columbia Drive to the Avondale MARTA station.

“PATH has almost completed the Katie Kerr Drive section of the East Decatur Greenway,” a memo to the City Commission says. “The South Columbia leg of the East Decatur Greenway will be built in two phases. This phase will be built by PATH and will extend in front of the Friends School. The construction cost of this phase is $80,000. PATH is proposing to split the cost of this section with the City of Decatur, limiting the City’s cost to $40,000.”

The City Commission meeting starts with a work session at 7 p.m., followed by the regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at City Hall, located at 509 North McDonough Street. All meetings are open to the public.

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