West Howard Avenue upgrades to begin this week, bringing some potential traffic delaysA Path Trail along West Howard Avenue in Decatur. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt
The city of Decatur’s “Reimagine West Howard” project will begin Thursday, July 5, as the city works to improve safety, access, and comfort for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists along the West Howard Avenue corridor.
Wildcat Sealing & Striping has been contracted to make the modifications, which extend from the city limits near Paden Circle to Commerce Drive.
The project includes:
- Reducing this section of West Howard from four vehicle travel lanes to two with dedicated turn lanes at key intersections
- Additional cycling opportunities, allowing the PATH Trail to better serve pedestrians, recreational users, and the disabled
- New midblock pedestrian crossings at Drexel Avenue, Adair Street, and Greenwood Circle
- An adjusted pedestrian crosswalk at Atlanta Avenue
Weather permitting, the project should take around two weeks to complete.
Vehicular access in the area will remain open during construction, but traffic will be moderately affected, so expect delays.
Once completed, the project will expand connectivity for the Safe Routes to School program and help address neighborhood concerns regarding pedestrian crosswalks, vehicle visibility, and speeding.
Final engineering plans for West Howard Avenue can be reviewed here.