Avondale Estates receives grant ‘road diet’ between Ashton Place and Sam’s CrossingPhoto obtained via the city of Avondale Estates website.
Avondale Estates is one of 19 recipients of the highly competitive grants for transportation infrastructure projects across the state through the Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank (GTIB), the city announced in a press release.
The grant is a part of approximately $18.1 million in funding by the State Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA). According to the release, the grants are awarded for transportation projects to enhance mobility in local communities throughout Georgia. This year, SRTA received 32 applications from across Georgia.
The $1.5 million grant will fund US 278 roadway, streetscape and pedestrian enhancements in Avondale Estates. The enhancement project is designed to reduce US 278 from five lanes to three between Ashton Place and Sam’s Crossing.
The lane reduction will provide sidewalks corridor-wide, as well as traffic-controlled pedestrian crossings with median islands, access management, bike lanes and traffic signal timing. Additionally, the project will improve safety and multimodal access to MARTA stations and local businesses, the release said.
“SRTA is proud to partner with the city of Avondale Estates as they transform this section of US 278 into a roadway that improves mobility for all users and better fits with their long-term vision for the corridor,” Chris Tomlinson, Executive Director of SRTA, said. “It is clear that the US 278 Roadway, Streetscape and Pedestrian Enhancements project is a high priority project that could help attract economic development.”