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Decatur Historic Preservation Commission will hold hearing on widening intersection

An image contained in a historic resources survey report about the proposed widening of the intersection of Scott Boulevard and Clairemont Avenue. Photo obtained via the City of Decatur.
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This story has been updated. 

The Georgia Department of Transportation plans to enlarge the intersection of Scott Boulevard and Clairemont Avenue.

Because that project is in a historic district, the Historic Preservation Commission is providing an opportunity for public comment. The hearing will occur at the Decatur Historic Preservation Commission’s Sept. 17 meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at City Hall, located at 509 North McDonough Street. All meetings are open to the public.

City Planning Director Angela Threadgill said, “The GDOT Project affecting the intersection of Scott Boulevard and Clairemont Avenue is within the locally designated Clairemont Avenue Historic District. The Section 106 review process is underway and the local jurisdiction has an opportunity to provide comments on the Project. Although the Decatur Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) does not have authority to approve or disapprove a State project, it does have an opportunity to review and provide written comments on the matter.”

Project information on GDOT’s website says the plan is to construct a 200 foot southbound right turn bay on Clairemont Avenue and a 120 foot westbound right turn bay on Scott Boulevard.

There’s no word on when construction would begin or when the project would be completed. In an email, a spokesperson for GDOT said the project is “an operational improvement project that proposes to construct a SR 155 southbound right turn bay (an area where vehicles can wait to turn right) of 200 ft. and a SR 8 westbound right turn bay of 120 ft.”

“The purpose is to improve the level of service for the SR 8 westbound approach and for the SR 155 southbound approach,” the spokesperson said. “The project is currently in the preliminary design phase and is scheduled for Right of Way Authorization in October 2019 and to let to construction in November 2020.”

To see a copy of the historic resources survey report on the project, click here.

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