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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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Lockwood Terrace will be closed to through traffic during the day at the intersection of Fairview Street.  This detour is needed to install pipe crossing under the road and is expected to be in place from Thursday (June 1st) to Friday (June 9th), pending weather.  The street will be open after working hours.  Access to residences is expected to be maintained at all times.  Your patience during this time is appreciated.

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The City of Decatur will begin storm drainage repairs next week on East Lake Drive between 3rd Ave and Oakview Rd. The project is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, Feb. 21 and should last 4 days. This section of East Lake Drive will be open to local traffic only. A detour will be provided for all through traffic. See detour map above. If you have any questions please contact Tony Kemp, Decatur Public Works, at 404-557-3671 or 404-370-4104.

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Google Fiber will continue to work within the City of Decatur this month.  In addition to the underground utility work, they are starting to install aerial infrastructure and upgrading poles.  Below is a list of the aerial work over the next week.  Both the underground and aerial work will require lane closures/road closures in certain areas.

Residents are advised to remain vigilant as construction zones and traffic patterns change as work progresses.

Aerial Work: 444 Bridlewood Circle, 1370 Church Street, 143 Mt Vernon Drive, 612 Glendale Avenue, 243 Sycamore Place, 848 Sycamore Street, and 231 Coventry Road.

To learn more about Google Fiber, please visit google.com/fiber

Construction phone line: 877-454-6959

 

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Georgia Pedestrian Safety Action Plan
Everybody walks.


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The Georgia Department of Transportation and PEDS are developing an action plan aimed at increasing safety for people who walk. They’re starting out by gathering input about the challenges people face while walking in their community.

Please take this 5 minute survey to ensure the new Georgia Pedestrian Safety Action Plan recognizes and addresses the challenges that are most important to you.

Please invite your family, friends, colleagues, and communities to do the same. They survey is available in both English and Spanish.

 

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If you have any comments, concerns, or questions about this survey or about the Georgia Pedestrian Safety Action Plan, please feel free to contact us at:

Email: georgiawalks@peds.org

Website: http://peds.org/pedestrian-safety-action-plan/

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We’ve launched a new website and communications program — dubbed “Extreme Makeover: Downtown Decatur Edition” — to keep residents informed and moving throughout an upcoming period of potentially disruptive construction projects.

 

Between streetscape overhauls, infrastructure repair, safety enhancements, and development projects, there’s a lot planned or in the works for the city’s downtown over the next 12 to 18 months. And much of it involves overlapping timelines, which amplifies the potential for inconvenience.

The new site is intended to give residents the tools they need to plan ahead and work their way around any disruptions.

From now until the list of planned projects is complete, DecaturMakeover.com will serve as the hub of a larger program to keep residents informed — offering timely, ongoing status updates, email and social media alerts, and overviews in the city’s Focus newsletter.

Included on the website:

Everyone is invited to visit the site and join the email list at www.decaturmakeover.com.

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storm waterAstra Grading and Pipe will begin work during the  week of June 20 on Phase 2 of the Downtown Decatur Storm Drainage Improvements.  A plan of the new storm drainage system is included below.

As part of its efforts to eliminate flooding in and near downtown Decatur, the City of Decatur is making storm drainage improvements on East Trinity Place, East Howard Avenue, Barry Street and North Candler Street.  The project will start in front of Decatur Fire Station No. 1 and includes the replacement of undersized and deteriorated storm drainage facilities on East Trinity Place, Barry Street, North Candler Street and across private properties in the area.  All new storm drainage improvements will take place in City rights of way.

This project was originally planned almost 40 years ago and will reduce or eliminate frequent flooding on private properties on Barry Street, North Candler Street and East Howard Avenue. It completes the major planned improvements to the upper Peavine section of the downtown Decatur drainage system and replaces some of the oldest storm drainage infrastructure in metro Atlanta.

The work will be phased in 300 foot sections, with one lane closed while work is taking place in that section.  The work will start with location of utilities, saw cutting pavement and establishing a temporary construction office and storage area at 250 East Trinity Place.  Except when crossing intersections, two-way traffic and pedestrian access will generally be open during the entire job.  The work is expected to take 9 to 12 months.

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The presentation of the results of the Lifelong Community Advisory Board’s Transportation Survey has been postponed. We regret any inconvenience caused by this rescheduling. The board would like to thank everyone who has taken the survey and we look forward to presenting the results. You will be notified about the new date. If you are interested in joining one of the board’s committees (Transportation, Housing, Taxation and Affordability, Communication, and Decatur Neighbors), contact Lee Ann Harvey, Lifelong Community Coordinator, at leeann.harvey@decaturga.com or 678-553-6548.

 

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The AIDS Vaccine 200 is a charity bike ride across Georgia produced by Action Cycling Atlanta to benefit Emory Vaccine Center.  The mission of Action Cycling Atlanta is to raise awareness and funding for HIV/AIDS vaccine research that will one day eradicate the disease. To achieve this mission, ACA produces AIDS Vaccine 200. The AV200 is Atlanta’s only double century (200 miles over two days) bike ride designed to challenge individuals and teams, while inspiring our community to work towards a world where HIV/AIDS is part of the human history and not part of its future.

Approximately 150 cyclists will be breezing through Decatur this weekend for the AV200. The event end with a full group ride on Sunday, May 15th from Decatur First Baptist Church to Emory University’s campus.  Drivers may want to avoid Clairemont Avenue from 4-5pm.

There’s still time to register if you are interested in participating. The deadline to register for the AV200 is 6pm, Friday, May 13th at Rider Check-In at Emory University.

Learn more at www.av200.org

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Decatur is one of the few MARTA stations located underground on the east line and it’s pretty great. Instead of running along the train tracks as an elevated line, the MARTA tunnel diverges north just after the East Lake station so that the Decatur station is smack dab in the middle of the Decatur square – underground. This photo is from 1976. Pedestrians had to walk over bridges to get from one side of the square to the other during the lengthy construction process. There’s something kind of terrifying seeing downtown Decatur split down the middle by a giant trench, especially for those of us who have only known it as the Decatur Square – with grass, a fog fountain, and plenty of open space. Most people who come to our festivals on the square have no idea they’re standing just 18 inches above the ceiling of the MARTA station!

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