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City of Decatur hosting final open house about Atlanta Avenue railroad crossing improvements

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City of Decatur hosting final open house about Atlanta Avenue railroad crossing improvements

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


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The city of Decatur will host a final open house and workshop to help plan improvements to the Atlanta Avenue railroad crossing, according to a city newsletter.

Since late 2018, the city has been planning the redesign of the intersection, inviting the public to contribute ideas. Suggestions have 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 evaluating the preliminary plans and comments provided by participants in the previous workshops, the design team behind the improvements will have recommendations to make the rail crossing and intersection safer for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists.

At the open house, city staff and the design team will be available to explain the recommendations, respond to comments and listen to suggestions, the city said.

The meeting will take place at the Atlanta Friends Meeting House, 701 West Howard Ave. in Decatur, on Thursday, Feb. 28, from 4:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Attendees can drop by at any point for as long as they’d like.

Go here to review the preliminary concepts and materials that were discussed at the January 16 workshop.

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