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Decatur to host another workshop about Atlanta Avenue railroad crossing improvements

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Decatur to host another workshop about Atlanta Avenue railroad crossing improvements

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The Atlanta Avenue railroad crossing. Photo provided by the city of Decatur.


As plans for the redesign of the Atlanta Avenue railroad crossing continue to develop, the city of Decatur will host a second open house and workshop to discuss improvements to the crossing.

The first open house took place in November, and around 70 people came to voice their ideas. Suggestions ranged from re-aligning the roadway to lessen the sharp angle at which two adjacent roads cross the tracks to just closing the crossing completely.

Prior to the first open house, the city commission approved borrowing $5.09 million for the improvement project. The funds come from a sales tax approved by voters in 2017.

Now, after ideas and concepts have been sketched out into a preliminary plan, the city will host another meeting to explain what has been drafted so far, respond to comments and suggestions and move towards a common plan for the crossing, according to the meeting announcement from Mayor Patti Garrett.

Additionally, a community “academy” providing information about modern traffic signal design will be held continuously throughout the workshop, the announcement said.

The workshop will take place on Jan. 16 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. It will be held at the Atlanta Friends Meeting House, located at 701 West Howard Avenue. People can drop by at any time during the event.

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