Anatomy of a CID Capital Improvement: Piedmont Road
This is a Saporta Report Thought Leadership piece by Jim Durrett, Executive Director and Tony Peters, Director of Capital Projects and Programs – Buckhead CID
While we know that some people may not know what a Community Improvement District is or what it does, we thought that we could illustrate the impact that a CID has on a community by delving into detail on one significant project.
In 2008, the Buckhead Community Improvement District (BCID), what was then the Buckhead Area Transportation Management Association, now Livable Buckhead, the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), the City of Atlanta, and stakeholders within the Buckhead community completed a comprehensive transportation study of the Piedmont Corridor from I-85 to Roswell Road. Since then, numerous improvements have been completed within this corridor to benefit both mobility and accessibility within the district.
One of the identified opportunities was to widen Piedmont Road from Peachtree Road to Lenox Road converting it from a five-lane typical section (two travel lanes in each direction with a dedicated middle turn lane) to a seven-lane typical section with three lanes in each direction with a dedicated middle turn lane with an 8-10 foot multi-purpose path on the west side of this section of Piedmont Road. If we could be successful in accomplishing this heavy lift, we could eliminate a choke point for automobiles within the corridor, improve the streetscape, and greatly improve opportunities for people on foot and on two wheels.