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Update:  Downtown paving has been postponed until Tuesday, July 25.

The impact

Weather permitting, several downtown Decatur streets will be repaved beginning Monday, July 24, following completion of the present milling work concluding — ideally — on Friday, July 21.

This is an ambitious effort and is being done to complete as much work as possible before the City Schools reconvene on August 1. It’s expected the work will take 2-3 days.

How to manage

North McDonough and the two intersections will remain open to two-way vehicle traffic. However, there will be temporary lane closures and traffic delays during the work. East Howard will be closed to through traffic for a short period when it is being resurfaced.

Vehicular access on North Candler Street, East Howard Avenue and Barry Street will be limited and on-street parking will not be available on the affected streets during the work. Pedestrian access will remain open throughout the project area.

Project details

This includes streets in the following infrastructure projects:

North McDonough Street
– Streetscape Improvements

The North McDonough Streetscape Improvements include reducing North McDonough to two vehicle lanes, wider sidewalks, and a 2-way “cycle track” on the west side of the street, along with traditional streetscape improvements and on-street parking. The project also features significant “green infrastructure” improvements to improve storm water quality.

In addition to the repaving, new streetlights are presently being installed on the east side of North McDonough Street.

Railroad Crossing Improvements
-The Candler and McDonough intersections at East Howard Avenue and College Avenue
– East Howard Avenue at North McDonough Street

The Railroad Crossing Improvements address pedestrian accessibility and safety around and across the two CSX crossings at the intersections of College Avenue and Howard Avenue with Candler Street and McDonough Street. Gentler slopes on the north side of both crossings will result in an accessible path for persons in wheelchairs or using strollers, as well as a safer route for pedestrians and bicyclists located outside the railroad crossing gates.

Poles and mast arms for new traffic signals are now being installed as well. This will provide protected left turns on all legs of the 2 crossings.

Downtown Decatur Storm Drainage Improvements – Phase 2
-North Candler Street
-Barry Street
-East Howard Avenue

Phase 2 of the Downtown Decatur Storm Drainage Improvements includes replacement of undersized and deteriorated storm drainage facilities and will reduce or eliminate frequent flooding on private properties in the Old Decatur neighborhood. During construction, the work was expanded to include renewal of a failing sanitary sewer system in the same community. This project was originally planned almost 40 years ago, replaces some of the oldest infrastructure in metro Atlanta, and will complete major planned improvements to the upper Peavine section of the downtown drainage system.

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FAR

The City of Decatur has teamed up with Foresight Augmented Reality (FAR) to establish FAR-accessibility for seven locations throughout Decatur’s city limits. FAR-accessible locations are “visually impaired friendly” and bring added context for the blind and vision-impaired.

Transforming a business into a FAR-accessible one includes the installation of a Bluetooth beacon, that when paired with the FAR Vision mobile app, provides users with descriptive information such as entrances and exits, restrooms, hazard warnings and more.

“This project opens a lot of doors for the visually impaired community in Decatur and the surrounding area,” said Foresight co-founder and CEO Tara Williams. “With the FAR Vision mobile app, more people can access many of the great features the city of Decatur has to offer. We hope this movement continues to build momentum until the entire Atlanta area is accessible for the blind and visually impaired.”

Decatur Mayor Patti Garrett said, “One of the goals in our 2016 Better Together Community Action Plan for Equity, Inclusion and Engagement is to support community participation and engagement among all members of the city’s population.  Making city buildings more readily accessible to the blind and visually impaired allows us to reach and include a broader spectrum of community members in city life.”

Highlights of Decatur’s 65-beacon installation include Decatur City Hall, Decatur Police Department, Ebster Recreation Center, Decatur Recreation Center, Decatur Visitors Center, the Decatur Square Community Bandstand and the Decatur Transit Station plaza.

Foresight Augmented Reality was founded in 2016 in Atlanta, GA with the goal of creating smarter communities. FAR’s beacons provide compliance beyond ADA requirements for businesses looking to support those with vision-related disabilities. According to the National Foundation for the Blind, there are 7.3 million visually impaired people living in the USA. For more information, visit  www.ForesightAR.com (or Facebook) and download the FAR Vision mobile app for iPhone, iPad or Android devices.

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The impact

Weather permitting, North McDonough Street and the Candler and McDonough intersections at East Howard Avenue and College Avenue will be milled in preparation for final resurfacing starting on Monday, July 17. The work should take 2-3 days. This work is part of the North McDonough Streetscape Improvements and the Railroad Crossing Improvements at Candler and McDonough Streets.

Project details

The North McDonough Streetscape Improvements include reducing North McDonough to two vehicle lanes, providing for wider sidewalks, and installing a 2-way “cycle track” on the west side of the street, along with traditional streetscape improvements and on-street parking. The project also features significant “green infrastructure” improvements to improve storm water quality.

The Railroad Crossing Improvements will significantly improve accessibility and safety for pedestrians and bicyclists, further encouraging those who live in Winnona Park, the McDonough-Adams-Kings Highway community, and other neighborhoods south of the CSX rail corridor to walk and bike into downtown Decatur.

 The improvements will provide gentler slopes on the north side of both crossings resulting in an accessible path for persons in wheelchairs or those using strollers, and a much safer route for all located outside the railroad crossing gates. Presently, pedestrians and bicyclists have to share the roadway with vehicles at these crossings.

In addition to improvements at the crossings, there will now be new pedestrian crosswalks where none presently exist — on the east side of both intersections and just north of the Candler crossing connecting to the sidewalk along the old Depot property.

Finally, improved vehicular mobility is also a project priority. Both crossings will include new traffic signals on both sides which will allow protected left turns on all legs of the two crossings.

How to manage

North McDonough and the two intersections will remain open to two-way vehicle traffic. However, there will be temporary lane closures and minor delays during the work.

Streetscape milling image

To obtain updates on this and other construction projects in downtown Decatur, sign up for Extreme Makeover: Downtown Decatur Edition at decaturmakeover.com.

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This is a weekly blog post that lists all of the events and sales going on around town. It will be updated daily. If you would like to add an event, email renae.madison@decaturga.com.

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Today 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, 6 July 2017.

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.

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This is a weekly blog post that lists all of the events and sales going on around town. It will be updated daily. If you would like to add an event, email renae.madison@decaturga.com.

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Church_StripingStarting tomorrow, June 29, traffic striping will be refreshed along Church St. between Commerce Dr and the city limits (past Medlock Rd). The work will last through Friday. Traffic will generally be maintained during the work, but delays are to be expected.

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The impact

A contractor working on the North McDonough streetscape project severed a gas line a few minutes after 1:00 p.m. today. A repair crew is en route. North McDonough is closed and will remain closed until the line is repaired.

How to manage

Alternate routes are required. The CSX rail line can still be crossed using East Trinity Place/Candler Street or Atlanta Avenue.

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This is a weekly blog post that lists all of the events and sales going on around town. It will be updated daily. If you would like to add an event, email renae.madison@decaturga.com.

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For all who are enjoying the new MARTA Overpass Mural at the corner of W. Trinity and Atlanta Ave, here is a video documenting the process.  Many thanks to the Atlanta Regional Commission for the grant, to the steering committee partners, and to the community for their input in making this dream a reality.  Thanks also to Lampe-Farley Communications for documenting the entire process and producing this fun video.

If you haven’t seen the mural, be sure to go by it and while you are there, check out the cool Playscape underneath funded with a KaBOOM grant.

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