Downtown Decatur streets to be repaved as roadwork project phases out

Posted by July 21, 2017

The railroad crossing near Decatur High Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

By Ellie Ritter, contributor 

With the completion of the road milling around Candler and McDonough Streets complete, North McDonough Street and its two intersections will be repaved starting Monday, July 24, according to the city.

The resurfacing, yet another part of the North McDonough Streetscape Improvements and Railroad Crossing Improvements projects that began in June, is expected to take two to three days. The city’s goal is to have as much work done as possible before school begins on August 1.

The project will increase safety for pedestrians and bicyclists, with additions of more pedestrian crosswalks and new traffic signals, which are currently being installed as well. These new features will hopefully encourage those who live south of Decatur’s train tracks to walk and bike into downtown Decatur, the project website says.

Both railroad crossings will include new traffic signals on both sides, allowing protected left turns on all legs of the two crossings. Deputy City Manager Hugh Saxon said polls and mast arms for the signals are being installed. He said that project should be complete in October.

As with the milling project, North McDonough and the two intersections will remain open to two-way vehicle traffic, but there will be temporary lane closures and minor delays during the work. East Howard Avenue will be closed to through traffic for a short period during its resurfacing, and vehicular access will be limited.

For or more information, visit the project website.


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