[Updated July 9, 2020]: The Ponce Streetscape Project contract is currently under review by Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), and the start date is now anticipated to be delayed. ABI will provide advance notification of a construction start date as soon more information is available.
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[Original Post, June 18, 2020]: The streetscaping of State Road 8, also known as Ponce de Leon Avenue, is about to get underway. Construction will extend 0.68 miles from Boulevard Avenue to Freedom Parkway and will include the installation of sidewalks, lighting, a bike lane extension, and an access point to the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail at the north side of the Ponce De Leon Avenue bridge. New mast arms and signals will be installed at intersections from Boulevard to Ponce De Leon Place, and there will be utility relocations throughout the project limits. Construction work will take approximately 18 months to complete.
This project is part of Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.’s vision to bring greater connectivity to the city through the creation of safe, bike and pedestrian-friendly access points to the 22-mile Atlanta BeltLine corridor. In late 2019, the design team Kimley-Horn completed the design plans for the streetscaping of State Road 8, and in May 2020, Lewallen Construction Co. was selected as contractor for the project.
A major thoroughfare for the city of Atlanta, lined with numerous businesses, construction on Ponce de Leon Avenue will require partial road closures and detours. Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) is committed to engaging the community and keeping local businesses and residents informed throughout the process. A Northeast Study Group- Ponce de Leon Avenue Complete Streets virtual meeting will be held on Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom. Open to the public, questions may be submitted by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or via Zoom during the Q&A period. For more information, please visit: beltline.org/meetings.
The Ponce de Leon Avenue Streetscaping project is a GDOT local let project, funded by Livable Centers Initiative-ARC, with an 80/20 split between federal and local funds (Georgia Department of Community Affairs- Regional Economic Business Assistance (REBA) Funding and Atlanta BeltLine Tax Allocation District Funding).
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What is the status of the The Ponce de Leon Avenue Streetscaping project? My family is considering moving back to the area and with two little ones having easier access to the belt line would be of great impact for their safety.
The streetscape improvements should get underway in summer 2021.