It wouldn’t be the 4th of July if we weren’t dodging rain and thunder.  City staff will update this blog, our Facebook page, Twitter, and the City website with any weather updates today.  Have a safe and fun 4th of July!

Atlanta Gas Light is retiring a large diameter pipeline that runs under several streets in the City of Decatur. The work in Decatur is part of a longer pipeline that runs approximately 28 miles from Riverdale to the intersection of Clairmont Road and Buford Highway. The pipeline being retired or taken out of service dates back to the 1950s. It was replaced with a new pipeline – the Eastside Pipeline – that went into service in early 2014. There is currently no gas on the old pipeline but to completely retire it, it must be filled with concrete or “grouted” under roadways.

The preparatory work for grouting in Decatur has already been completed on E. College Avenue and Sycamore Drive. It is now expected to begin on Candler Road/Street as soon as the week of July 6 and could last up to 4 weeks for the entire process. The work will require temporary lane/road closures and commuters should expect traffic delays for 2-3 days at a time during the retirement process.
General locations of affected areas on Candler Road/Street are:

• Past Hosea Williams Drive (City of Atlanta)
• Before Driftwood Terrace
• Past Buchanan Terrace
• Near E. Davis Street
• E. Davis Street at Candler Street will be closed
• Near E. Dougherty Street
•E. Dougherty Street at Candler Street will be closed
• Before E. College Avenue

Appropriate traffic control will be in place at active work sites and Atlanta Gas Light is coordinating with the City on traffic control measures and communications to neighborhoods in the vicinity of work sites. Local residents are encouraged to use alternate routes where possible during the grouting. Work will be performed during permitted daylight hours Monday through Saturday.

Retirement under roadways is multi-step process and different activities may be happening at the same time in more than one location. Activities include:

•“Grout” points are dug up in the road approximately every 1000 -1500 feet
• Excavation sites are about the width of a traffic lane and may be up to 25 feet long
• Generally occur 3-6 days before the line is filled with concrete
• Grout points are plated when not in use
• Multiple grout points allow process to move more efficiently

• Several concrete mixers per day will arrive at a grout point to pump concrete into the pipe
• Grouting cannot be stopped once it is started
• Grouting generally lasts the full work day

• Once a grout point is no longer needed, the excavation will be filled with concrete
• The sites will be paved once all work on a street is completed
• Disturbed areas in the right of

Here is a list of road and/or lane closures for Saturday, July 4th. Most of these roads will at 8pm 8pm in order to secure the fireworks fallout area-they will be reopened after the fireworks

1.       East Court Square

2.       West Ponce De Leon Ave @ Clairemont Ave  (westbound traffic)

3.       West Ponce De Leon Ave @ Marshall Street

4.       West Ponce De Leon Ave @ Commerce Drive (Eastbound traffic on WPDL Ave and southbound traffic on Commerce Drive)

5.       Parking lot of Chipotle

 6.       Marta Entrance @ Swanton Way Turnaround

7.       Swanton Way @ Ponce De Leon Place

8.       West Trinity Place @ Swanton Way

9.       Commerce Drive @ entrance to Calloway parking lot

10.   Commerce Drive @ West Trinity Place

11.   Commerce Drive @ Robin Street

12.   Commerce Drive @ West Howard Ave (northbound traffic on Commerce Drive)

13.   West Trinity Place @ DeKalb County Parking Deck

14.   West Trinity Place @ entrance to Courthouse small parking lot

15.   Church Street @ E. Trinity Place (westbound traffic on East Trinity Place)

16.   West Trinity Place @ North McDonough Street (westbound traffic on West Trinity Place) 


4th of July Parade in Decatur


Decorate your bicycle, skateboard or wagon and walk, ride, or skate in the Pied Piper Parade as it winds through the streets of downtown Decatur.  Line-up begins at 5:30 in the parking lot of Decatur First Baptist Church and steps off at 6:00pm.

Concert on the square features Callanwolde Concert Band. Parade 6 p.m.; Concert 7 p.m.; Fireworks at dark.

Click here to download the parade guidelines. We want to see your silliest and most creative decorations!

New this year! Prizes will be awarded for the best “float” and for the best kid’s vehicle (bike, scooter, or wagon) 

This is a reminder that all city offices are closed Friday, July 3 in observance of the Independence Day Holiday.

Regular trash and recycling services for Thursday will be on Wed., July 1. Regular services for Friday will be on Thursday, July 2. There will be no trash or recycling pick up on Friday, July 3.


Slide the City has announced that they will release a few hundred more tickets for the July 25th event tomorrow at 9am EST.  We expect these to sell out quickly, so plan to be on the computer at 9am

Click here to buy tickets

July Siren Test

Tomorrow is the first Wednesday of July so we’ll be testing the tornado outdoor warning sirens at 5:00 p.m. The test should last approximately one minute. Should the weather become inclement, the test will be postponed until Thursday, 2 July 2015.


If you have questions or want more information about the siren system, check out the Siren page on the City’s website or contact Police Lt. Barry Woodward at 404-373-6551.

Did you boogie down at May’s danceDanceDANCE!? Then you won’t want to miss FIGMENT Decatur Saturday, Aug. 1, a participatory art event from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on the Agnes Scott College campus. This is the first ever FIGMENT in the state of Georgia.

FIGMENT is a free, inclusive, participatory arts event held in multiple cities and drawing tens of thousands of participants each year. FIGMENT’s mission is to offer free, family-friendly and participatory art to entire communities.

FIGMENT can’t happen without artists, so if you are someone with a great idea for a participatory art project (whether you consider yourself an “artist” or not), please submit it here before July 5. You’ll need to create an account and it takes about ten minutes from start to submission.

Here’s a short video for inspiration:




A press release from DeKalb County with important information about tomorrow’s Probate Court hours: 


June 26, 2015

DeKalb County Probate Court Open Saturday

DECATUR, Ga. – Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling to allow same sex marriage, DeKalb County Probate Court will be open this Saturday, June 27, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, to accommodate an expected increase in marriage license requests.

“The highest court in the land has ruled on the issue, and it is up to rest of the judiciary to follow the law and accommodate the citizens of each jurisdiction,” said DeKalb County Probate Judge Jeryl Rosh.  “To that end, we will be open this Saturday to accommodate DeKalb County residents with their questions and applications for marriage licenses.”

For more information about DeKalb County Probate Court, as well as instructions and forms for marriage licenses, can be found at web.dekalbcountyga.gov/probate_court/index.html


The City of Decatur has issued a film permit to Spitfire Productions for an independent film project today, Friday June 26th.  The project will film a few quick scenes in locations including E. Howard, E. Maple Street, and N. Candler Street. Decatur Police will be present and we anticipate intermittent traffic control for a brief time during the project. All production is anticipated to be complete by 1pm today