Published on December 11th, 2015 |2
GDOT confirms: No bike lanes on new Peachtree Road plans
“This is the public involvement process at work,” said GDOT Chief Engineer Meg Pirkle in a statement.
“Throughout the planning and development of this project, we have consistently looked for meaningful ways to engage the public; to listen to the concerns and ideas of various audiences; and to make sure that their input and comments were properly reflected,” Pirkle added.
GDOT’s new plan for Peachtree Road between Deering and Pharr roads include the construction of continuous two way left turn lanes, left turn lanes at intersections, and traffic signal modifications and timing adjustments, the department’s statement said.
There will be three lanes northbound, two lanes southbound, and a center turn lane from Deering Road north to a likely transition point at Peachtree Battle Avenue, according to GDOT.
There will be three lanes southbound, two lanes northbound, and a center turn lane from Peachtree Battle Avenue up to Pharr Road, GDOT said. Each intersection will now have a dedicated left turn lane.
A proposal to include bike lanes between Deering Road and Peachtree Battle Avenue was dropped when the community largely opposed the measure.
GODT received some 2,000 comments on its original proposal following an Oct. 29 public information meeting, with roughly 70 percent of them against adding bike lanes, the department said in its release.
The Buckhead Coalition advised against the inclusion of the bike lanes after a majority of its members said they didn’t want them. A survey conducted by the North Buckhead Civic Association also showed a majority of Buckhead residents opposed the bike lanes.
“Although bike lanes will not be part of this project,” Pirkle said in the GDOT press release, “we encourage our local partners to explore opportunities that reflect the recommendation in the Connect Atlanta Plan and the Cycle Atlanta Plan of providing bike facilities in the area.”
City Councilmembers Howard Shook and Yolanda Adrea, who represent most of Buckhead affected by the Peachtree Road plan, have announced their support for the Georgia Department of Transportation’s plan to reconfigure a 3.5 mile segment of Peachtree Road.
Construction on Peachtree Road, which primarily involves repaving and restriping of the road from Pharr Road south to Deering Road, will begin in fall of next year, GDOT said.