DeKalb Avenue to gain turn signals, lose reversible lane within the next year
This story has been updated.
By Gabriel Owens, contributor
Renew Atlanta hosted a community meeting last night announcing their plans for an overhaul of Dekalb Avenue, which includes resurfacing the road, adding turn signals to many of the busier cross roads and removing the road’s reversible lane.
Renew Atlanta is the city’s infrastructure improvement program.
The project will consist of two phases, the first of which has already begun and will take eight months to a year to complete, according to Brandi Peck, project manager.
Phase One will consist of resurfacing the notoriously pot hole-riddled corridor and implementing turn signals at some of the busier cross streets.
“There has been 279 crashes along Dekalb in the last year,” Peck said. “Sixty-nine percent of them have been on Jackson and Rocky Ford.”
Peck noted that previous added signal turns had reduced accidents by 30 percent since 2014. Additionally, the turn lights are projected to greatly relieve the congestion along the avenue during rush hour. Other improvements during Phase I include removal of the reversible “suicide” lane and pavement markings for turn lanes.
After the presentation, Renew broke the attendees into groups for Q and A. Most of the discussion focused on Renew’s plans for Phase II, with bike paths being one of the main concerns of many of those present.
“Right-of-way [along Dekalb] is still a mystery to many drivers there, and it’s dangerous for pedestrians and bicyclists,” said one resident.
Phase II’s preliminary development plans include bike facility installation, streetscape improvements, sidewalk and pedestrian crossings, and improvements to better meet Americans With Disabilities Act standards along the corridor.
The project budget is $4.6 million and the project length is 4.4 miles.
Here are some other slides from the presentation at the April 18 meeting. To see the full presentation, click here.