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Published on March 3rd, 2016 |

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CID selects design firm for roundabout at Wieuca & Phipps

The Buckhead Community Improvement District board selected Pond & Company to do the design work for a roundabout that is being planned to ease the traffic bottleneck at the intersection of Wieuca Road and Phipps Boulevard.

Above is a concept for the Wieuca Road, Phipps Boulevard roundabout.

Above is a concept for the Wieuca Road, Phipps Boulevard roundabout.

“Pond & Company had one of the best technical proposals and also the best cost proposal,” said CID Executive Director Jim Durrett. The design budget is $225,000 and the timeline will be determined by when the contract is negotiated and signed.

The action on the five-leg roundabout, which is estimated to cost more than $2 million to build and is expected to relieve traffic jams at the intersection for 23 hours a day, was just one of the positive notes related to the CID’s several road projects in various stages of progress.

The CID’s new Director of Capital Improvements and Planning Darion Dunn reported that the Piedmont Road left turn project onto Habersham Road is back on schedule after several work delays and is scheduled to be essentially completed by the end of April.

Dunn said the sidewalk improvements that are part of the project should be completed in March and the rest of the work should be completed in April, except possibly for the landscape plantings. He said that may be pushed back to the fall, which is a better planting season.

The Piedmont/Habersham left turn project has suffered from several delays—labor problems, relocation of utilities, problems with costing and payments for additional work required, other contract disputes and weather.

Updating the Peachtree Road Transformation Project phases 3 and 4, Dunn reported that Kimley-Horn consulting firm’s design changes for Phase 3 are almost complete, although a possible new southbound left turn lane at Shadowlawn Avenue is being evaluated. Right-of-way negotiations have begun with property owners and utilities discussions have also begun.

Dunn told the CID board that the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) has agreed to move up its schedule on Phase 3, programmed for fiscal year 2017, if the CID can move up its schedule of activities. Phase 3 is being funded by GDOT.

The Buckhead CID's new Director of Darion Dunn, right, during the March 2 CID board meeting with Livable Buckhead Executive Director Denise Starling at left.

The Buckhead CID’s new Director of Capital Improvements and Planning Darion Dunn, right, during the March 2 CID board meeting with Livable Buckhead Executive Director Denise Starling at left.

For Phase 4 of the Peachtree Road project, Kimley-Horn’s preliminary plan is due in April. This the CID’s project, with GDOT’s approval because it is a state highway. The CID hopes to bid out the project in November.

Dunn reported that there should not be any major problems with utilities relocation because the project is being done within the road’s present curb-to-curb configuration. He said there is some thought of moving the curb out a little in front of The Peach shopping center.

Board member Robin Loudermilk cautioned against tampering with the present lane setup at the shopping center, pointing out that the deceleration lane to the center’s entrance drive works well for motorists and also provides a lane for MARTA buses to stop out of the main traffic lanes.

Dunn and Durrett told the board that the CID is going to coordinate with GDOT—which is reworking Peachtree Road south of The Peach shopping center—on both dates to let their contracts and for construction work to be done on both sections.

Durrett also reported that the Atlanta Regional Commission had approved Transportation Improvement Program funding for two other CID projects: The widening of Piedmont Road from Peachtree to Lenox roads and a “scoping” study on Lenox Road.

The CID was awarded $640,000 for Piedmont Road widening design work (the CID will match that with $164,000) and $200,000 to conduct a scoping study to determine what improvements can be made to Lenox Road between East Paces Ferry and Piedmont Road to relieve traffic congestion and accommodate other modes (which the CID will match with $200,000).

Buckhead CID also applied for a grant from the Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank in the amount of $1 million to put sidewalks and a bike facility on Lenox Road from Tower Place Drive to Phipps Blvd.

 

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