Piedmont Road Complete Street Project Underway

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The Piedmont Road project has officially begun.

The Piedmont Road Complete Street project will bring enhanced pedestrian and cycling mobility while expanding the street to better accommodate traffic flow by widening to three lanes in each travel direction and the project also will create a dedicated left turn lane.

Buckhead Community Improvement District (CID) developed the Piedmont Road Complete Street concept per the recommendations of the 2008 Piedmont Area Transportation Study and hired Croy Engineering to design the project and develop construction plans. Partners on the project include Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), City of Atlanta Department of Transportation (ADOT), Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), Croy Engineering

The City of Atlanta Renew Infrastructure program, GDOT and ARC provided significant funding for the project and the CID received unanimous approval from its board of directors for the use of CID funds to cover the remaining capital required for the project’s construction.

Georgia Power started to relocate four large transmission poles back in October and will be finished at the end of January.  Next up, Georgia Power will then relocate their above ground distribution lines that are attached the wood poles and bury them underground instead. That will start in February and end in March. In March, the winning contractor tasked with widening the road and upgrading the traffic signals and installing the 8–10-foot multi-use path will begin their work.

Lane closures should be expected daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. but will be limited to one lane at a time, not the amount needed for the work happening this month with Georgia Power relocating the four large transmission poles.

The area between Lenox Road and Peachtree Road is expected to significantly increase in traffic congestion and cause major disruptions to businesses and buildings along Piedmont Road. Motorists are strongly encouraged to avoid Piedmont Road between these two major roadways when possible, during construction.

Livable Buckhead recommends motorists utilize Waze GPS and Google Maps to locate alternative routes during times of lane closures. Motorists can avoid Piedmont Road between Lenox and Peachtree by utilizing GA400 north/south as well as local roads (Peachtree Road, Roswell Road, Habersham Road, Tower Place Drive).

Taking an alternative transportation mode throughout the project duration will be most effective in mitigating traffic congestion during construction including Transit (bus, shuttle, rail), Ride share/carpool, bike, walk or scooter.

Livable Buckhead is partnering with the Buckhead CID to incentivize commuters within the impacted area to utilize alternative modes. To receive more information about these incentives and weekly updates on all of the projects impacting travel in Buckhead, please sign up for Livable Buckhead’s Construction Alerts.

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