DeKalb County Public Information Meetings on Proposed Transportation Projects

February 25, 2011

DECATURDeKalb County will host four public information meetings for DeKalb residents and businesses to provide input into the preparation of a financially-unconstrained transportation projects list, which must be submitted to the Georgia DOT and Atlanta Regional Commission by March 30, 2011.

Meeting times/locations are as follows:

  • Tuesday, March 1, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Miller Grove High School, 2645 DeKalb Medical Parkway, Lithonia, GA 30058
  • Wednesday, March 2, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Columbia High School, 2106 Columbia Dr., Decatur, GA 30032
  • Monday, March 7, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Tucker High School, 5036 LaVista Rd., Tucker, GA 30084
  • Wednesday, March 9, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Chamblee High School, 3688 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd., Chamblee, GA 30341

The Georgia Legislature enacted the Transportation Investment Act in 2010, which provides for a regional referendum in 2012 for consideration of a regional sales tax to fund transportation projects, including transit, roadway, safety, bicycle and pedestrian improvements.  Each city and county has until March 30, 2011, to submit proposed projects for consideration to the GDOT Planning Director and the Regional Roundtable of city and county leaders. From this list, Roundtable members will construct a financially-constrained project list that will be recommended for the 2012 Referendum.

DeKalb County is coordinating with MARTA, GDOT, ARC and DeKalb County municipalities to identify existing transportation plans, Livable Communities Initiative plans, bike/pedestrian plans and other plans which could provide  potential projects to submit for consideration in this process.  These four public information meetings will be important opportunities for DeKalb residents and businesses to ensure that all ideas are considered.

Upcoming Public Information Open House Meetings in Gwinnett

February 23, 2011

Pleasant Hill Road Diverging Diamond Concept Rendering

Interested citizens are encouraged to attend two upcoming public information open house meetings in Gwinnett to learn about the proposed conversion of two major intersections into diverging diamond interchanges. Diverging diamond interchanges reduce ramp congestion and improve safety by eliminating the need for exiting freeway traffic to make signal-controlled left hand turns onto the roadway overpass. Have a look at the video below for a real world implementation of a diverging diamond interchange in Missouri.

At the first meeting, to be held on Thursday, February 24  from 4:00pm to 7:00pm, representatives from the Georgia DOT, Gwinnett County DOT, and the Gwinnett Place Community Improvement District will discuss the plans for the Pleasant Hill Road at I-85 diverging diamond interchange at the Gwinnett Place Marriott located at 1774 Pleasant Hill Road in Duluth.

At the second meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, March 1, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., representatives from the Georgia DOT, Gwinnett County DOT, and the Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District will discuss the plans for the I-85 and Jimmy Carter Boulevard interchange at the Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District office located at 5855 Jimmy Carter Boulevard, Suite 122 in Norcross.

Representatives will present designs and displays, answer questions, and discuss the SPLOST and CID funded projects.

Fulton County Public Information Meetings on Future Transportation Needs

February 18, 2011

Four public information meetings are scheduled beginning February 24, 2011, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. to seek comments on the County’s future transportation needs through the year 2040. Information gathered from the meetings will be used to develop recommendations to forward to the GDOT Planning Director and the Atlanta Regional Commission for inclusion in the Unconstrained Transportation Investment list and the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan, respectively.

The four meetings are scheduled for:

Date Area Location / Address
02/24 Old National Hwy PIM Burdett
Community Center
2945 Burdett Rd
College Park, GA 30349
03/01 SR92/Campbellton, Fairburn, and Cedar Grove PIM Renaissance
Middle School
7155 Hall Road
Fairburn, GA 30213
03/02 Cliftondale PIM Cliftondale
4645 Butner Rd
College Park, GA 30349
03/09 FIB, Cascade & Sandtown PIM Southwest
Arts Center
915 New Hope Rd
Atlanta, GA 30331

Your participation is extremely important in the overall planning process, and to the development of the project list. Please call Antonio Valenzuela, Transportation Planning Administrator at (404) 612.0520 if you have questions or are in need of additional information.

Duluth Opens New Greenway Trail

February 15, 2011

The Honorable Mayor Nancy Harris of the City of Duluth, along with the Parks and Recreation and City Planning departments, celebrated the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Rogers Bridge Greenway Trail on February 3. The City entitled the project “the beginning of great things to come” since this project is the first phase in a two-mile trail along the Chattahoochee River that will eventually connect two national recreation areas. The project was made possible by funds from the Department of Natural Resources through their Recreational Trails Program. The consulting firms of Bron Cleveland Associates and Pond & Company, who assisted the City throughout the project, joined in the celebration of another great step for the City of Duluth in its effort for providing their citizens with an exemplary “healthy community.”

Check out this Gwinnett Daily Post article for more details.

ARC’s Community Planning Academy Presents: Lifelong Communities – Integrating Transportation Options for Older Adults

February 10, 2011

The Community Planning Academy (CPA) offers high-quality, cost-effective training and workshops to appointed citizen planners, local elected officials and local government employees. CPA provides planners and decision makers with tools to make effective decisions regarding their community’s future.

A Lifelong Community is a community where individuals can live throughout their lifetime. They provide a full range of options to residents, ensuring a high quality of life for all. Lifelong mobility and accessibility provides access and transportation to people of all ages and abilities. Real mobility begins inside the home and carries throughout the entire built environment. So how do we build on the framework of current development patterns to ensure older adults have access to critical goods and services?

This workshop will examine several key components of Lifelong Communities from a transportation standpoint. These principles, and how they are employed by local governments today, will provide participants with ideas and resources to make their communities more livable for all residents.

Course Details

When: Tuesday, February 22nd

Where: Piedmont Hospital – McRae Auditorium, 1968 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta GA

Cost: $50 for one; $90 for two; $120 for three. Includes breakfast, lunch and all workshop materials.

Registration deadline: February 8

To register and view other course offerings, visit

Upcoming Beltline Events and Meetings

February 8, 2011

Event announcements from Atlanta Beltline:

Transit on the Beltline

Please join us for a Citywide Conversation on the Atlanta BeltLine Transit Implementation Strategy. The purpose of this meeting is to provide an overview of the Transit Implementation Strategy and seek input on the prioritization of transit segments to be proposed for potential Transportation Investment Act funding.

What: Citywide Conversation on Transit Implementation Strategy

Where: Atlanta City Hall, 55 Trinity Ave SW, Atlanta, GA 30303

When: February 17, 6 pm – 8 pm

Atlanta BeltLine Tours

Named “One of the things every Atlantan must do” by Atlanta Magazine, Atlanta BeltLine Tours are back for 2011. Make your reservation today and join the thousands of people who have already taken a free, narrated bus tour of the Atlanta BeltLine!

Tours run from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays (except holiday weekends) through December. All tours begin and end at the Inman Park MARTA station, located at 1055 DeKalb Avenue, NE, Atlanta, GA 30307.

Atlanta BeltLine 101

Want to learn more about what’s going on with the Atlanta BeltLine? Check out an Atlanta BeltLine 101 session – there are several sessions coming up. Check out for a full list of upcoming sessions.

AP/AJC: Study finds red light cameras cut fatal crashes

February 4, 2011

Here’s an interesting story on the merits of automated traffic light enforcement (source: AJC)

WASHINGTON — Red light cameras are helping drivers remember that red means stop and are saving lives, according to a new study out Tuesday by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The study concludes that the cameras have reduced the rate of fatal crashes by 24 percent in 14 large cities that introduced red light cameras between 1996 and 2004.

“Red light cameras are working,” said institute President Adrian Lund. “There are hundreds of people who are alive because some communities had the courage to use this method of enforcement.” In cities with the cameras, the study also noted drops in all fatal crashes at intersections with traffic signals, not just those caused by running red lights. “We think that they are just paying more attention to intersections as they come up on them because they are more certain that if they violate the red light that they will get a ticket,” Lund said.

Read the full story here