The grant was one of 12 awarded to Metro Atlanta CIDs for transportation infrastructure projects totaling more than $8 million.
“We were pleased to be a top level grant recipient in the GTIB grant program for CIDs,” said Yvonne Williams, president and CEO of the PCIDs. “This grant will be used for preliminary engineering, design and right-of-way acquisition to make roadway, pedestrian and bicycle improvements that will complete the full system of transportation improvements from Ashford Dunwoody Road and I-285 to the Hammond Half-Diamond Interchange at Georgia 400.”
“The project also will make transit more accessible and encourage increased use of the nearby Medical Center and Dunwoody MARTA Stations,” said UPS Vice President Chuck Altimari, chair of the Fulton PCID where the project is located.
“The GTIB program is a way for communities who are serious about investing in their infrastructure to apply for the help they need to complete or move their projects forward,” said Deal in a news release from the State Road and Tollway Authority, which administers the grant program.
“These projects are the kind of investments that not only sustain communities, but they also strengthen communities by providing more job opportunities,” Deal said.
Williams noted that this was the second grant awarded to the PCIDs. The organization received $800,000 in the first round of grant awards in 2010 to help with design and engineering for Georgia’s first Diverging Diamond Interchange at I-285 and Ashford Dunwoody Road.
Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle noted the leadership role that Williams and others played in initiating the grant program for CIDs through the State Road and Tollway Authority. The grant program helps advance projects with the private sector throughout the metro Atlanta area, Cagle said.