“After the robust input that we got from the community, we’ve taken some time to meet with [the Georgia Department of Transportation] and recalibrate our approach to the project,” Sean Johnston, associate from Atlanta-based consulting firm Kimley-Horn, told the Buckhead Community Improvement District board Tuesday at its monthly meeting at Tower Place. “At this point as it pertains to Phase 4 of the project, which goes from the southern CID boundary up to Shadowlawn [Avenue], we are waiting on GDOT to do a new traffic study … which we’re expecting to take until the end of the year.”
The district is, however, moving forward with plans for Phase 3 of the project, which runs from Shadowlawn north to Maple Drive. Johnston said there would be no reduction in travel lanes in that phase.
He said GDOT is reviewing cost estimates for right-of-way acquisition, and the next steps will be moving forward with preliminary design work and evaluations of environmental studies.
“We want to keep this ball rolling,” said David Allman, the district’s board chairman. “With the slowdown of Phase 4, we do not want to slow down Phase 3.”
Johnston presented the district Tuesday with vignettes for improvements to the streetscape in both phases. The space between the curb and the sidewalk varies from between 7 and 10 feet wide. Planters and trees are proposed for wider areas while low vegetation, stamped color concrete or concrete-enforced pavers could be installed in more narrow strips, he said.
Tony Peters, the district’s program manager, said the first step in fixing uneven pavers installed during Phases 1 and 2 has been completed. The board voted unanimously in June to hire Austell-based HighGrove Partners to repair about 617 square feet worth of uneven pavers along Peachtree Road from Maple north to Peachtree Dunwoody Road. The company removed the problematic pavers and reset them in a new mortar base.
“They completed their work on July 17,” Peters said.
He said the work only covered the most troublesome areas of the streetscape and he would be back before the board at a later date with requests for HighGrove Partners to tackle other areas in need of repairs. The issues with the pavers were included in a list of about 4,000 infrastructure deficiencies in Buckhead, which were identified by Lowe Engineers in an assessment commissioned by the district and announced at the board’s February meeting.
Peters said a subcommittee of the board will meet with Atlanta Public Works Commissioner Richard Mendoza in late August to discuss which of the infrastructure deficiencies the city can commit to fixing and when.