Published on April 14th, 2016 |2
GDOT letter responds to Peachtree Road plan open house comments
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.
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.