Many folks in the community have asked us about the status of our streetscapes project on Ponce de Leon Avenue. The project, partially funded by a Livable Cities Initiative (LCI) grant has moved along over the past several years, with our friends at the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) providing support by constructing the first phase of the project. That phase included the addition of the bike lane and the milling and resurfacing on Ponce de Leon Avenue.
In the meantime, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) has been working to acquire Right-of-Way for the remainder of the project, which includes extending the bike lane from Boulevard to Freedom Parkway, improving ADA accessibility and sidewalks, installation of lighting, and a landscaping strip. We anticipate construction of the remaining work to begin in 2017, and we will keep you all informed as we move into the next stages of the project.
Just as mobility and economic development are key components to the program, so are quality streetscapes, making it safer and easier to get around on foot and bicycle. Some of the 46 miles of planned streetscape work outlined in the Atlanta BeltLine’s Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP) will be completed as a component of transit construction. Other areas, like the Ponce de Leon Avenue improvements, are the result of coordination between multiple agencies and funding sources. Stay tuned for more streetscape developments as the Atlanta BeltLine continues to progress toward 2030.