UPDATE: ANOTHER accident reported at North Decatur and Superior, injuries reportedA reader provided this photo from the scene of the July 20 accident.
Decatur Police responded to another traffic accident at the intersection of North Decatur Road and Superior Avenue on Friday, July 20.
That would be 45th accident reported at that intersection since 2012. Witnesses said it brought traffic on North Decatur Road to a standstill. It resulted in one of the driver’s going to the hospital for an evaluation.
Lt. Jennifer Ross said, “On Friday, July, 20, 2018 at approximately 12:47 p.m., Decatur Police responded to an accident with possible injuries at North Decatur Road at Superior Avenue. Vehicle No. 1 was traveling eastbound on North Decatur Road. Vehicle No. 2 was traveling northbound on Superior Avenue attempting to turn left, westbound onto North Decatur Road. Vehicle No. 1 failed to yield to the red light and struck vehicle No. 2. Driver No. 1 complained of foot pain. Driver No. 2 complained of head pain due to airbag deployment. Driver No. 2 was transported to an area hospital for evaluation. Driver No. 1 was cited for failure to yield to a traffic control device (red light).”
A recent letter to the editor in Decaturish has sparked renewed conversation about the intersection.
The draft of the city’s transportation plan was released July 11 for public review and feedback. It lists several intersections for improvement, including North Decatur Road and Superior Avenue. Decatur Mayor Patti Garrett said implementing the recommendations in that plan could cost the city $1.5 million.
The transportation plan, which has been in the works for months, suggests widening North Decatur Road to create a left turn lane. It calls for a new warning signal and signage, high visibility cross walks and a pedestrian refuge in the median on the west side of the intersection. It will require 12 feet of right of way and the relocation of the existing retaining wall on the northeast corner.
Mayor Garrett recently told Decaturish that the area is complicated because most of North Decatur Road is in unincorporated DeKalb County.
She said, “only about 530 yards of street length [is] located within the city of Decatur, including the intersection of North Decatur Road and Superior/North Superior Road where traffic signals are operated by DeKalb County.”
“In order to improve safety along the road the entire corridor between Clairmont Road and Scott Boulevard/Medlock Road needs to be addressed in a comprehensive way which would include our portion of the road but would primarily require DeKalb County’s participation,” Garrett said.