Transportation The road striping plan for Peachtree Road from Pharr to Deering roads.

Published on December 16th, 2015 |

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BCID supports GDOT’s new plan for Peachtree Rd., praises process

The Buckhead Community Improvement District board Dec. 15 voted to draft a resolution proposed by Dist. 7 Atlanta City Councilman Howard Shook to thank the Georgia Department of Transportation for adapting its plans for Peachtree Road based on diligent engineering reviews and response to overwhelming public opinion.

The Buckhead CID board members discuss a proposed resolution by Dist 7 City Councilman Howard Shook (in white shirt facing camera) to support the work of GDOT on the Peachtree Road revised plan.

The Buckhead CID board members discuss a proposed resolution by Dist 7 City Councilman Howard Shook (in white shirt facing camera) to support the work of GDOT on the Peachtree Road revised plan.

Specifically, Shook asked the board to thank GDOT for its commitment to soliciting and listening to public input, which led to a decision not to include bike lanes on Peachtree Road in south Buckhead.

“I’ve authored a resolution acknowledging their (GDOT’s) attentiveness to public opinion and their rigorous engineering that we’ll hopefully take up and pass at a special called meeting of the Atlanta City Council tomorrow (Dec. 16),” Shook said.

Suggesting the BCID board should consider passing a similar resolution supporting the public process GDOT followed, its dedication to extensive engineering reviews and its recent final plan for Peachtree Road, Shook suggested it would be a good move because the BCID is going to have to work closely with GDOT on future projects.

BCID board Chairman David Allman, left, and Executive Director Jim Durrett listen to the discussion of Shook's resolution.

BCID board Chairman David Allman, left, and Executive Director Jim Durrett listen to the discussion of Shook’s resolution.

“Unless you’ve been asleep you should know Georgia DOT finalized its recommendation for re-striping the Peachtree Road corridor between Deering and Pharr roads, which are the limits of their project,” Shook told his fellow BCID board members.

“I believe GDOT has worked so hard and so earnestly to make everyone happy. It’s probably the last time they will actually have a public hearing,” Shook said.

The “rigorous engineering analysis” and attentive and patient response to public attitudes shown by GDOT representatives is what made Shook want to thank the department, he said.

BCID Vice Chairman John Lundeen expressed a concern about the board supporting something outside the limits of the CID’s boundaries. But BCID Chairman David Allman countered that he had no problem with supporting such a resolution.

Board member Robin Loudermilk pointed out that this segment of the Peachtree Road corridor is the connection between the Midtown and Buckhead CID territories. He moved to support the Shook proposed resolution, which was unanimously passed by the BCID board.

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