Major road and sidewalk projects in Buckhead are set to begin soon

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There will also be a number of major construction projects in the fall that will begin redesigning streets and sidewalks in Lenox, North Buckhead and Buckhead Village over the next several months.

A widening of Piedmont Road, a new roundabout on Phipps Boulevard and a promenade along Lenox Square will be among the projects that begin late this year or in the first half of 2022. All are long-awaited projects led by the Buckhead Community Improvement District, a self-taxing group of commercial property owners in the central business district who spend the money on transportation improvements, public safety, and beautification. The city and the Georgia Department of Transportation are additional partners.

The following updates are courtesy of Tony Peters, Director of Capital Projects and Programs at CID.

A completed section of the street image improvements on Peachtree Road in the Lenox Square area. Credit: Buckhead Community Improvement District

Peachtree Road street scene: Maple Drive to Shadowlawn Avenue

Expected start: autumn 2021

For nearly 15 years, CID has been working on various phases of this improvement project for Peachtree on both sides of Ga. 400 in the heart of the business district. It is a “Complete Street” project, which means that it is to be converted from a “traffic sewer”, as Peters calls it, to an attractive roadway that is pedestrian and bicycle friendly. Among the amenities: wide sidewalks, bicycle paths, turning lanes at marked intersections, granite curbs and median strips, deciduous trees, “seasonal color schemes”, street lamps and street furniture. The project also includes burying above-ground utility lines for aesthetic reasons.

Two main phases of the project have already been completed: between Ga. 400 and just past Piedmont Road in 2007 and between Ga. 400 and Roxboro Road in 2012. This third and final phase is a relatively short section between Maple Drive and Shadowlawn Avenue. on the border of Buckhead Village and Buckhead Forest. The construction time is expected to take 15 months.

Phipps Boulevard / Wieuca Road roundabout

Expected start: 1st quarter 2022

Notorious for vehicle accidents, this intricate, winding intersection was recommended for replacement with a large roundabout in 2019 after years of controversial studies. The planned roundabout, which is currently in the planning phase, would have two lanes as well as special cycle paths and sidewalks.

The design also includes improvements to North Buckhead Park, a pocket park in the north corner of the existing intersection.

An illustration of the promenade style multipurpose walkway planned for the Lenox Road street art project. Credit: Buckhead Community Improvement District

Lenox Road streetscape phase 1

Expected start: end of 1st quarter 2022

This is another multi-phase Complete Street project, this time on Lenox Road. The first phase includes a multi-purpose path designed like a promenade along the west side of Lenox between Peachtree Road and Lenox MARTA Station on East Paces Ferry Road.

Piedmont road widening

Expected start: 2nd quarter 2022

Piedmont is already a major five-lane thoroughfare between Lenox and Peachtree Roads, where it runs between five and seven lanes. This project will further expand this section to seven lanes while adding a 10 to 12 foot wide multipurpose path on the west side of the road. The broadening is intended to help “handle vehicles more effectively and ultimately calm the traffic,” says Peters.

Other sidewalk projects

The CID has two other road landscape projects underway.

the Sidewalk upgrades on Peachtree Road Project started in February and is expected to be a “multi-year” project. Aimed at Peachtree between Peachtree-Dunwoody Road and Maple Drive, it replaces sidewalk pavers with a concrete walkway and decorative landscape pavers with a curb. The idea is to improve both aesthetics and safety. One reason cited in the discussions of the CID board was that the landscape cobblestones could or were used as weapons during the riots and looting in the neighborhood in May 2020.

A new sidewalk and street lights on East Andrews Drive are part of the completed part of the West Village street image improvement project. Credit: Buckhead Community Improvement District

the Street image improvements in West Village The project improves sidewalks, street furniture and in some cases stormwater infrastructure in the area roughly bounded by East Andrews Drive and Roswell and West Paces Ferry. The street painting includes street lights and trees.

Work began in 2020 and has already been completed on Early Street, Irby Avenue and Paces Ferry Place. In the last week of September 2021, the pavement construction at Cains Hill Place was completed with paving work “imminent,” and rainwater work at East Andrews was completed, with paving slated to be completed this week. The city is conducting rainwater improvements on Roswell Road. The CID expects to begin building and paving sidewalks in the first quarter of 2022 when the rainwater works are completed.


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