Decatur City Commission approves updated Community Transportation Plan

Posted by Ellie Ritter August 9, 2018

Decatur City Hall.

At its Aug. 6 meeting, the Decatur City Commission unanimously adopted an updated Community Transportation Plan, capping a 10-month process of public meetings, online surveys and a Wikimap allowing for geo-specific input.

To review the adopted plan, click here.

According to the city’s Decatur Next website, roughly 1,250 residents gave feedback, providing around 4,000 ideas and comments for consideration. The plan includes more than 15 years of projects, with completion not expected until 2035.

 

 

“Residents clearly stated a desire to enhance the city’s existing ‘Complete Streets’ policy,” planning director Angela Threadgill said, noting that the recommendations in the plan aim to update the existing transportation network to increase walking and cycling opportunities.

The project’s goals — some short-term, some long-term —have been prioritized based on community input. Each will become a project in its own right, where additional input will be collected and more refined designs produced along the way.

Among the plan’s recommendations are improvements to “priority intersections,” including E. College Ave. at Sams Crossing, N. Decatur Road at N. Superior Ave. and W. Ponce de Leon Ave. at Nelson Ferry Rd./Northern Ave. Additionally, the plan outlines suggestions for improvements on school routes, traffic calming, parking and more.

“We’ll continue the dialog as we look at the different pieces,” Decatur Mayor Patti Garrett said. “There will certainly be more conversations to be had once funding is available […] to look at how [each project] can be implemented to come out with the best results.”

For a review of the announcements and meeting summaries produced throughout the process, go here.

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