Buckhead 2020: Infrastructure Improvements on the Way
This is a Saporta Report Thought Leadership piece by Jim Durrett, executive director – Buckhead CID
It’s hard to believe another year has come and gone. As we begin to ring in the new decade in the Buckhead community, I can’t help but look to the future with optimism as the CID continues implementation on several projects that will help to transform Buckhead into the accessible, walkable urban place that is our mission.
The Peachtree Complete Street project began in the early 2000s and was designed to redevelop what I have called a traffic sewer into an attractive complete street by adding granite curbing and medians, hardwood trees, seasonal color landscaping, wide sidewalks, bike lanes, modern lighting, buried utility lines, street furniture and turn lanes at signaled intersections. The first phase of the project, which runs from GA 400 to one block south of Piedmont Road at Maple Drive, was completed in 2007. The second phase spans from GA 400 to the intersection of Roxboro Road and Peachtree Road and was completed in 2012. The CID looks forward to 2020 when the third and final phase from Maple Drive to Shadowlawn Avenue will begin construction with completion expected by mid-2021.