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The time is now to start planning ahead: Effective the morning of Monday, June 19, CSX will begin rebuilding their crossings at Candler and McDonough Streets.

Work will continue uninterrupted until its completion which is projected to take roughly seven days. Both intersections will be closed and will remain closed until the work is finished.

A detour map will be posted here during the week of June 12 so stay tuned.


Project details

This collective project, including rail crossings at both McDonough and Candler, 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 located outside the railroad crossing gates for pedestrians and bicyclists. 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.


Project schematics

The engineering schematics above illustrate the new crossings. Click each image for larger view, then zoom in for greater detail.

barre and yoga

Pure Barre Decatur and Corrective Chiropractic are hosting three outdoor Barre + Yoga classes this summer in Harmony Park:

June 10
July 15
August 5

All classes start at 8:30 a.m.

Classes are free with with suggested donations benefiting the Decatur Youth Fund.


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.

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.

Sunday, May 28


Wednesday, May 31

Thursday, June 1

Saturday, June 3


W Howard public information meeting

The City of Decatur is exploring ideas to improve the safety, comfort, and sense of place along Howard Avenue.

A study is underway to examine solutions that will transform Howard Avenue into a more lively street, using public art, landscaping, street furniture, lighting, and programming.

The community is invited to join an open discussion on project ideas that have already been received, and to share additional thoughts and ideas about how to improve this corridor.

When: Thursday, June 1, 6- 7:30 p.m.

Where: Atlanta Friends Meeting,  701 W Howard Ave, Decatur, GA 30030

For more information, contact Michelle Hirose, Senior Engineer, at Michelle.Hirose@decaturga.com

This is a reminder that all city offices are closed for Memorial Day, Monday, May 29.

Regular solid waste and recycling services for Monday and Tuesday are as follows:

Monday trash and recycling pick up will be on Tuesday, May 30

Tuesday trash and recycling pick up will be on Wednesday, May 31

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.

Tuesday, May 23

Wednesday, May 24


Friday, May 26

Saturday, May 27



Decatur Public Works Week

May 22- 26 is National Public Works Week. This year’s theme is “Public Works Connects Us,” celebrating the vital role public works employees play in connecting the community. Public Works provides, maintains, and improves the structures and services that assure a higher quality of life for your communities.

Decatur will begin the celebration Monday, with a kickoff at the Public Works department, followed by a host of events throughout the week. Be sure to thank the public works staff for their hard work and dedication to the city.

Schedule of Events:

May 22-Kick-Off- Public Works, 7:30 a.m.

May 23– Metro Branch Meeting, 11:30 a.m.- College Park

May 24– Community Outreach at Clairemont Elementary, 9-11:30 a.m.

May 25-Proclamation by Governor Deal, 10 a.m.

May 26-Employee Appreciation Luncheon, 12:30 p.m.

May Open Office Hour

Decatur will host its third Open Office Hour with City Manager Peggy Merriss on Monday, May 22 from 7 – 8 p.m. Ms. Merriss will speak for approximately 15-20 minutes on the topic of the city organization and the budgeting process. The FY 2017-2018 budget is now available for review and can be found at www.decaturga.com/budget.

The community is invited to tune in to watch and listen, and will be able and encouraged to submit questions related to the topic live, beginning at 7 p.m. on Monday, via Twitter, Facebook, email or phone. If you already have a question in mind related to this topic area, submit it by visiting the Open City Hall page. The deadline for sending questions in advance is 2 p.m. on May 22, 2017.

The meeting will be streamed live on the city’s website. Participants will be able to submit questions live beginning at 7 p.m. on Monday via the following:

Facebook: City of Decatur GA- Government
Twitter: @downtowndecatur
E-mail: openofficehour@decaturga.com
Phone: Number will be post Monday at 6:45 p.m.


DYC flyer pic

The Decatur Youth Council is hosting its first ever Field Day Festival this Sunday, May 21 from 1-4 pm at McKoy Park,1000 Adams St. The community is invited to come out and enjoy kickball with the city’s police officers and fire fighters, outdoor games, food trucks, and free popsicles.