Buckhead 2020: Infrastructure Improvements on the Way
By Jim Durrett, Executive Director, Buckhead CID
It’s hard to believe another year has come and gone. As we begin to ring in the new decade in the Buckhead community, I can’t help but look to the future with optimism as the CID continues implementation on several projects that will help to transform Buckhead into the accessible, walkable urban place that is our mission.
The Peachtree Complete Street project began in the early 2000s and was designed to redevelop what I have called a traffic sewer into an attractive complete street by adding granite curbing and medians, hardwood trees, seasonal color landscaping, wide sidewalks, bike lanes, modern lighting, buried utility lines, street furniture and turn lanes at signaled intersections. The first phase of the project, which runs from GA 400 to one block south of Piedmont Road at Maple Drive, was completed in 2007. The second phase spans from GA 400 to the intersection of Roxboro Road and Peachtree Road and was completed in 2012. The CID looks forward to 2020 when the third and final phase from Maple Drive to Shadowlawn Avenue will begin construction with completion expected by mid-2021.
Recommended by the 2008 Piedmont Area Transportation Study, the Piedmont Road Complete Street project from Peachtree to Lenox roads will increase efficiency for people that walk, people that ride bikes and people that drive cars. The project will add a 10’-12’ multi-use path on the west side of Piedmont, and the added travel lanes will help process vehicles more effectively, ultimately calming traffic. The engineering firm is set to complete the design work in mid-2020 and construction is scheduled to begin in 2021.
In November 2017 the Buckhead CID joined forces with the City of Atlanta’s Renew Atlanta Program and held a groundbreaking ceremony for the East Paces Ferry Road Complete Street project. The project extends from Roxboro Road to the Gordon Bynum pedestrian bridge over GA 400 behind Lenox Square and is almost complete, with road-bed repairs, repaving and restriping set to take place in mid- to late-2020.
Another complete street project is currently planned for Lenox Road, fulfilling the first phase of the action plan laid out in the Lenox Road Scoping Study completed in 2017. This project will create a multi-use trail to resemble a boardwalk, or linear park, along the west side of Lenox Road between Peachtree Road and the Lenox MARTA Station on East Paces Ferry Road. Engineering is underway now, with construction scheduled to start in early 2021.
Engineering has also begun for a roundabout at the intersection of Wieuca Road and Phipps Boulevard. After quite a bit of study and stakeholder engagement, a roundabout was determined to be the best solution for this dangerous intersection. If all goes as planned, construction would begin in early 2022.
The West Village Streetscape project will add much needed pedestrian facilities and streetscape elements including sidewalks, pedestrian lighting and street trees to the area bounded by Roswell Road, West Paces Ferry Road and East Andrews Drive, as well as new stormwater infrastructure along Roswell Road and East Andrews Drive. The project’s design plans are complete and approved, and construction should begin as early as the first quarter of 2020.
2020 is sure to be a monumental year and the CID is looking forward to creating places that bring people together and develop a stronger community. Happy holidays!