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Published on April 14th, 2016 |

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GDOT letter responds to Peachtree Road plan open house comments

The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) mailed a rare detailed response letter this week to those who participated in its October open house or provided comments by mail or email to its controversial plan to restripe Peachtree Road between Pharr Road and I-85.

Some of the Oct. 29 meeting attendees fill out their comment forms which were turned in to the GDOT representatives.

Some of the Oct. 29 meeting attendees fill out their comment forms which were turned in to the GDOT representatives.

A total of 415 people attended the Oct. 29 public information open house at The Shepherd Center in Buckhead—a record attendance for such open houses.

Of the 1,916 respondents who formally commented, 511 were in support of the project as presented, 1,211 were opposed, 32 were uncommitted and 162 expressed conditional support.

GDOT stated the five-page letter “addresses all major comments received so that everyone can be aware of the concerns raised and the response given.”

For instance, the following summarized comments pertained to removal of the bike lanes from the project, and specifically in the section between Peachtree Battle Avenue and Deering Road:

I favor center lanes but I am not in support of bike lanes on Peachtree Road.

I favor the hybrid plan.

Keep all existing travel lanes on Peachtree Road.

Peachtree Road is too dangerous for bikes.

GDOT State Engineer Andrew Heath discusses the Peachtree Road proposed transformation with some of the residents who attended the Oct. 29 information meeting.

GDOT State Engineer Andrew Heath discusses the Peachtree Road proposed transformation with some of the residents who attended the Oct. 29 information meeting.

Bike lanes will conflict with drivers making right turns on to side streets and multiple driveways.

Not enough bikes use Peachtree to justify bike lanes.

How many bikes will use the proposed bike lanes?

The bike lane will cause conflict with MARTA bus stops.

Project will decrease quality of life in the area.

Continue bike lanes for full length of the project.

Bike lanes as proposed are too short to be effective.  

Anyone interested in GDOT’s decision-making rationale for keeping the two-way left turn lane and eliminating the proposed bike lanes, or who just wants to see how GDOT responds to a massive amount of public input, likely will find the content of the letter an interesting read.

To read the full GDOT response letter to the public, click here.

 

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    2 Responses to GDOT letter responds to Peachtree Road plan open house comments

    1. Pingback: GDOT responds to Peachtree Road comments – BuckheadView | NBCA Land Use & Zoning Committee

    2. Atlbuck says:

      It is GDOT policy to provide response letters for comments made at all GDOT Open Houses…this is not a “rare” occurrence.

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