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Task force plans open house for Peachtree Road improvements
by Nicole Dow
November 27, 2013 10:25 AM | 1584 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Residents and business owners along Peachtree Road and the surrounding area are invited to attend public information open house sessions Dec. 10 to learn about proposed safety and traffic flow improvements to the road.

The Peachtree Road Task Force will hold morning and evening meetings at the Shepherd Center at 2020 Peachtree Road in Buckhead. Business owners and operators are encouraged to come to the session from 7 to 9 a.m., and neighbors and the general public are asked to attend the session from 6 to 8 p.m.

Representatives from the Buckhead Community Improvement District, the city of Atlanta, the Georgia Department of Transportation and the Midtown Alliance are scheduled to attend.

“It’s actually kind of a preliminary meeting to learn about left-turn lanes … [and] the options of road dieting and to learn about the different segments [of the road] … from Maple [Drive] down to Midtown,” Brian McHugh, the district’s director of transportation and planning, said at its monthly board meeting Tuesday at Tower Place.

He said the meetings will be an opportunity to hear comments from the public.

Earlier this month, the district contracted with North Carolina-based firm Kimley-Horn and Associates to design the final phases of its Peachtree streetscape project. The third and fourth phases will cover from Maple to Sheridan Drive.

Though the firm started traffic analysis work, McHugh said advanced concept plans will not be developed in time for the Dec. 10 meeting.

“We’re going to show our plans that we’ve done in the past and there’s going to be an open discussion,” he said. “After Dec. 10, [Kimley-Horn] will be working on concepts.”

Atlanta and GDOT officials will show their plans for portions of the road south of the district.

McHugh said the district will hold stakeholder meetings with property owners after the holidays.

In other news, Jim Durrett, the district’s executive director, said it is moving forward with streetscape improvements at Charlie Loudermilk Park as well as plans for a clock tower and landscaping in the park.

“Bob Hughes of Hughes Good O’Leary and Ryan has been working on an update of a master plan for it, and a there’s a group of us [who are] going to be getting together … next Wednesday to take a look at that and make a decision about the direction we’re going to go,” he said.

McHugh said the district has completed the requirements from GDOT for permits for the streetscape project and construction should begin in early 2014.

What’s next?:
The Peachtree Road Task Force will hold two public information open house meetings Dec. 10 at 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. at the Shepherd Center, 2020 Peachtree Road in Buckhead, to share road improvement plans with the public.

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