Published on January 12th, 2016 |


BCID under pressure to remake E. Paces Ferry Rd. near Lenox

One of the first road projects the Buckhead Community Improvement District might complete in 2016 could be the last one placed on its project list—a “complete streets” makeover of East Paces Ferry Road from the Gordon Bynum Bridge to Roxboro Road.

Aerial map shows the path for the East Paces Ferry Road "Complete Street" project, including a multi-use trail for pedestrian and bike use.

Aerial map shows the path for the East Paces Ferry Road “Complete Street” project, including a multi-use trail for pedestrian and bike use.

The project would include a multi-use trail for pedestrians and bikes and streetscapes and is expected to cost more than $1 million for the distance of about seven tenths of a mile.

The pressure to get this project underway and completed before the end of the year, even though it has only been in discussion at the BCID board meetings for a few months, is coming from the city. But no reason has been expressed at the BCID meetings as to the reason for that pressure.

BCID Transportation & Development Director Brian McHugh and Executive Director Jim Durrett said they had met with representatives of MARTA and the city, including Atlanta’s new biking advocate, to discuss the specifics of the project.

Consultants Kimley Horn has done a concept for the project which includes a 12-foot-wide sidewalk/trail with a 5-foot green space area. The 12-foot width would be made up by utilizing existing sidewalk and adding present “Kiss-and-Ride” parking areas at the Lenox MARTA station.

The concept includes the addition of a traffic signal at East Paces Ferry and Oak Valley roads and may include a couple of more pedestrian crossings near the main parts of the Lenox station. Durrett pointed out the design is compatible with PATH400, which the new East Paces multi-use path would connect with near the Gordon Bynum Bridge.

It also would connect with bike lanes that presently exist on Roxboro Road. Durrett told the BCID board that Brookhaven is trying to tie into those bike lanes on Roxboro and then would be able also to tie into PATH400 with this new trail along East Paces Ferry Road.

McHugh told the BCID board at its Jan. 6 meeting that the organization plans to develop two concepts for the trail and then present the proposals to the public for comment. McHugh said the goal of the agency was to complete the trail by the end of the year, although the city would like to have it completed earlier than that.

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