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Circumstances permitting, the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) will begin resurfacing Scott Boulevard this week. The work is one part of a larger paving project along State Route 8 (SR8) from the Gwinnett County line to Moreland Avenue in Atlanta. The Decatur segment of the project includes milling, re-surfacing and re-striping of Scott Boulevard. Milling and paving is expected to take 6-8 weeks, depending on the weather.

Work is planned for nights between 8 pm and 6 am, starting on Sunday evenings and extending through Thursday. No work is planned for Fridays unless there are weather delays during the week. Scott Boulevard will remain open during the work but there will be lane closures and traffic delays should be expected. For updates on this project and others, visit decaturmakeover.com.

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Downtown Cycle Track

If weather permits, the final phase of the downtown cycle track connecting Commerce Drive with McDonough Street will begin Monday, Feb. 10. The work will take place on the northern/Courthouse side of West Trinity Place and is expected to take about 4 weeks to complete. West Trinity Place will remain open to traffic throughout the process but motorists should expect occasional delays. For updates on this project and others, visit decaturmakeover.com

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Social Media

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The impact

Construction of the new office building on the former Callaway property will start on Monday, January 28. The building will be located at the corner of West Trinity Place and North McDonough Street and requires a partial closure of the eastbound lane of West Trinity Place.

How to manage

Throughout construction, through traffic will be able to bypass vehicles lined up to enter the Dekalb County parking deck, then shift left as the roadway is narrowed. See illustration for traffic patterns.

For additional information and to sign up for updates, visit decaturmakeover.com.

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The community is invited to an open house and workshop, Thursday, Nov. 15 from 4-8 pm, to kick-off planning for improvements to the railroad crossing at Atlanta Avenue. Learn about the project scope and schedule and share your vision and ideas about how to make the rail crossing and intersection safer for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists.

City of Decatur staff and the design team lead by Landis-Evans & Partners and Atkins will listen to your suggestions, ideas, and concepts about the problems and opportunities at the railroad crossing. This will be the first of at least three workshops over the next several months to help develop a plan for the rail road crossing.

Please plan to drop by the Atlanta Friends Meeting House, 701 West Howard Avenue, anytime during the workshop to learn about the project and share your thoughts.

Where: Atlanta Friends Meeting House, 701 West Howard Avenue
When: Thursday, Nov. 15, 4-8 pm

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As everyone has noticed, the new traffic signals at McDonough and Candler are finally being activated. The process, which will result in safer intersections for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists, has not been a smooth one. We apologize for the inconvenience many of you have experienced.

Activation began last Thursday. Since then, significant traffic delays have occurred along East Trinity PlaceSouth Candler StreetNorth McDonough Street, and College Avenue.

This has been an unusual project for the City because College Avenue is a state highway and all modifications along it are governed and managed by the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT). GDOT has supplied the technology and hardware being installed at each intersection and is managing the activation and programming of the signals.

Each of the two intersections now feature protected left turns which increases overall cycle times. Finding the right balance between all segments requires a real-world process of observation and adjustment. Adjustments have been made and additional signal time has been added to the most trafficked streets to relieve congestion when possible. This will continue until the best balance is found to provide safe and workable conditions for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists.

There have also been occasional service interruptions. The default condition when a service interruption takes place is a flashing red signal. Motorists should treat this as an all-way stop until normal service resumes.

Daily reports and observations indicate improvements are occurring. These efforts will continue until acceptable performance returns.

Got questions? Direct them here. Visit decaturmakeover.com to sign up for updates.

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When: Thursday, Oct. 26 • 6-8 p.m.

Where: Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore St.

You are invited to attend the first public workshop to help kick off preparation of Decatur’s Community Transportation Plan (CTP) Update. Beginning in October, the city will conduct public workshops to identify various mobility needs and to take a deep look at the state of mobility in Decatur. We want to hear from those who work, live, and recreate in the community.

All participants are encouraged to bring their ambitious goals to the kick-off and other input opportunities. Input opportunities are designed to be easy, informative and fun for everyone to discuss the future of all modes of transportation, identify current and future needs, make short- and long-term recommendations, and develop a vision for new mobility options and improvements throughout the city.

Public input is a large part of the Decatur’s CTP Update. Through this plan, we want to address the equity, sustainability, and active living community goals in Decatur’s 2010 Strategic Plan, as well as build off the framework of Decatur’s 2007 CTP: Decatur Gets Around. Decatur has hired the professional consultant team of jB+a, a division of Barge Waggoner Sumner and Cannon, Inc., and Toole Design Group to assist in the plan update.

Stay informed on the CTP Update by watching the city’s website and future issues of the Decatur Focus for project information and meeting announcements. For more information, contact Angela Threadgill, 678-553-6575, or angela.threadgill@decaturga.com, or visit DecaturNext.com.

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Road Closure

Sycamore DetourA road closure on Sycamore Street will be implemented Monday,  October 9 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Georgia Power will be performing an upgrade that will affect the traffic signal at the intersection of Church St and Sycamore St.

 

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The intersection of Oakview Road and East Lake Drive will be closed for an Atlanta United event today. Members from the Atlanta United team will be painting a mural at Universal Joint to celebrate their partnership with Delta Airlines. The event is invite-only and will take place between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Fayetteville Road can be used as a detour around the intersection and the roads will be reopen shortly after the event ends.

For more information about the event, click here.

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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.

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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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