Published on September 30th, 2015 |3
Roadwork (lots of it) consumes much of Buckhead CID’s agenda
The discussions sounded a good deal like what would go on at a meeting of the Georgia Department of Transportation (known to most as GDOT) but these were all restricted to the governance area of the BCID and also largely funded by the BCID.
In addition to endorsing the concept of a roundabout to ease traffic at the intersection of Phipps Boulevard and Wieuca Road near Phipps Plaza (see that story here) these were the highlights of the road project discussions:
West Paces Ferry Road from Peachtree to Slaton/East Andrews: Restriping is finally to begin in about two weeks and the CID is reviewing four bids for constructing the mid-block crossing with a refuge island and flashing caution light to warn of pedestrians in the crossing area. The CID is paying for the mid-block crossing work.
Piedmont Road and Habersham left-turn lane enhancements: Work was to have restarted this week but was delayed by the rain. However, the contractor is still promising to have the
work completed before the holiday season. This CID project has some federal funding involved, which has caused contract delays.
Widening of Piedmont Road between Peachtree and Lenox roads (Lenox Loop): The CID is submitting an application for $2 million from the Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank (GTIB) and the CID Tuesday committed a $3 million match to get the $2 million grant. Dist. 7 City Councilman Howard Shook has contributed $1 million to that bucket from his available district funds. No federal funds will be involved in this project. Consultants Parsons Brinkerhoff was authorized to take the planning to the next stage.
Lenox Loop sidewalks project: The CID Tuesday committed a $1.6 million match for $1 million from the Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank to provide sidewalks on the south side of the road and widen the sidewalks on the north side to accommodate bikes.
Three-road intersection improvements: The CID Tuesday committed $100,000 toward updating previous studies and providing detailed designs for changes to the intersection of Piedmont, Roswell and Habersham roads. Both Shook and Dist. 8 City Councilwoman Yolanda Adrean each have committed to giving $100,000 toward that effort as well.
East Paces Ferry Road streetscape project: The CID has committed $1 million toward improving the streetscape along East Paces Ferry Road between Lenox and Roxboro roads. Most of the funding is to come from the city’s infrastructure bond funds. On Tuesday the CID board approved funding the engineering study and design work proposed cost is $195,000, but it could be reduced to $128,000.
ADA compliance: In addition, there are numerous projects through the Buckhead CID area that need to be done in order to comply with ADA (American Disabilities Act) requirements.
When the ADA discussion came up, Shook spoke, saying he had already given the CID $2.1 million. “Now it is haircut time for any other projects,” he added.
Peachtree Road Phases 3 and 4: All of that is in addition to the CID’s commitment to part of the payment for Phase 3 of the Peachtree Road Transformation Project from Maple Drive to Shadowlawn Avenue (federal funds are involved in this project) and Phase 4 of the Peachtree Road project, which is being funded by the CID from Shadowlawn to Pharr Road. GDOT will fund the Peachtree Road project from Pharr Road to I-85.
The Phase 3 portion is moving forward and the CID board was told that right-of-way negotiations with property owners may begin next month. The cost of right-of-way purchases and moving utilities could be close to $1 million, the CID board was told, which is less than expected.
As for Phase 4, the CID board was told about the Oct. 29 public open house information meeting that will be held in the Calloway Auditorium at the Shepherd Center, 2020 Peachtree Road in south Buckhead, from 5-7 p.m. The public is urged by the CID to participate in that information meeting.
After hearing all that, a new observer of CID meetings might just say whew! But this was not an uncommon board meeting. After all, the mission statement of the Buckhead CID reads:
“We meet the challenges of growth by investing tax dollars collected from commercial property owners within the district, as well as other funds we leverage from outside the district, to make meaningful improvements in the transportation network and public realm that connect people and places.”
But what all this means to the residents of Buckhead and those who travel to Buckhead regularly for business, shopping or entertainment is that there is going to be a whole lot of roadwork going on for the rest of 2015 and in 2016. Be prepared.
Peachtree Road paving planned Oct. 2-3
Peachtree Road in Buckhead between Pharr Road and Buckhead Avenue will have resurfacing work and lane closures this weekend, Oct. 2 and 3.
Two lanes will close, starting at 7 p.m. on Fri., Oct 2 and ending 4 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 3.
The work on Peachtree Road, which doubles as State Route 9, will be performed by the Georgia Department of Transportation.
Delays are likely, and motorists should use alternate routes and travel cautiously through the work area, GDOT says.