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ARC Seeks Public Comment on Proposal to Regional Transportation Improvement Program

             

Proposal Would Fund Additional $10.7M in Livable Centers Initiative Projects

Atlanta — Jan 24, 2022

The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) is accepting public comment for a proposed update of the region’s  Transportation Improvement Program, or TIP, which programs federal and state funding for transportation projects across metro Atlanta.

The update includes an additional $10.7 million to fund 17 Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) projects across the region. LCI is a grant program that assists local jurisdictions in transforming their communities into more vibrant, walkable places that offer increased mobility options and support community health and economic opportunity. Changes to other projects submitted by GDOT will also be a part of this amendment to the TIP.

ARC’s Transportation and Air Quality Committee (TAQC) and ARC Board will take action on this TIP Amendment in March following the public review and comment period, which ends on Feb. 11. You can submit public comments to transportation@atlantaregional.org.

A virtual public hearing will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 10:30am. Requests to speak at this public hearing will be accepted by 4pm on Feb. 8 and must be sent to transportation@atlantaregional.org. Details are available on atlantaregional.org/amendment.

The proposed 17 LCI TIP projects are, by county: 

Fulton County

  • North Point Alpha Link (City of Alpharetta): Connect North Point Mall and Big Creek Greenway with downtown Alpharetta and Haynes Bridge Road. Grant Amount: $1,000,000
  • Peachtree Shared Space (City of Atlanta, Atlanta Downtown Improvement District): Convert Peachtree Street from Ellis Street to Baker Street in downtown Atlanta into a safe, innovative shared space for use by pedestrians, cyclists, transit riders, micro-mobility users, and motorists. Grant Amount: $1,200,000
  • Moreland & Dekalb Interchange & Trail Connection Scoping Study (City of Atlanta & Little Five Points Community Improvement District): Begin scoping phase to create trail connection from DeKalb Avenue to Moreland for improved access to Little 5 Points district and MARTA station. Grant Amount: $240,000

Gwinnett County

  • Buford Multi-Use Trail Phase II (City of Buford): Build a trail connecting to the downtown area, including a pedestrian bridge over Buford Highway. Grant Amount: $712,000
  • Satellite Boulevard – Loop Trail Segment 3 & 4 (Gwinnett County, Sugarloaf CID): Build a multi-use path on 3.5 miles of Satellite Boulevard and Wildwood/Suwanee Creek Road to connect residential areas, commercial areas and parks and athletic fields. Grant Amount: $1,100,000
  • Innovation District Multi-Use Trail, Phase 2 (City of Peachtree Corners): Construct a trail to connect the community along Crooked Creek to better connect local businesses and neighborhoods. Grant Amount: $480,000
  • SR-20 Pedestrian Bridge and Downtown Greenway (City of Sugar Hill): Improve bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure downtown, including adding a cycle track and pedestrian bridge, to increase community connectivity. Grant Amount: $720,000
  • Suwanee Loop Trail Network (City of Suwanee): Construct multi-use paths on multiple street segments and a pedestrian bridge over Peachtree Industrial Boulevard to improve community walkability. Grant Amount: $800,000

Cobb County

  • Silver Comet Trail Connector (City of Powder Springs): Build multi-use paths along Old Lost Mountain and Jackson Way that will connect the Silver Comet Trail to downtown. Grant Amount: $360,000

DeKalb County

  • New Peachtree Road Multi-Use Path Phase II (City of Doraville): Extend a previously funded LCI project by constructing multi-use paths and improved pedestrian crossings to connect to MARTA and downtown Doraville. Grant Amount: $221,240
  • North Shallowford Road Path (City of Dunwoody): Replace painted bike lanes with a 12-foot-wide path and add landscape buffers to insulate the trail for improved protection. Grant Amount: $560,000

Clayton County

  • Forest Parkway & Main Street Pedestrian Bridge Feasibility Study (City of Forest Park): Conduct a feasibility study for a pedestrian bridge and crossing improvements along Forest Parkway and Main Street to increase safety and better connect the downtown area. Grant Amount: $160,000

Cherokee County

  • Bells Ferry Corridor Multi-Use Trail (Cherokee County): Replace narrow sidewalks with a multi-use trail and landscaped buffer along 3.5 miles of Bells Ferry Road to enhance protection for cyclists and pedestrians. Grant Amount: $308,000
  • Holly Street Pedestrian Improvements (City of Holly Springs): Add bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure to Holly Street, including a pedestrian bridge over I-575. Grant Amount: $545,522

Douglas County

  • Fairburn Road Corridor Complete Street Project (City of Douglasville): Add significant safety and access improvements, including decreasing car-travel lanes and adding bicycle and pedestrian facilities and landscaped buffers. Grant Amount: $1,040,000

Newton County

  • Hwy 278 Trail & Safety Improvements (Phase 2) (City of Covington): Improve pedestrian and bicycle access and roadway safety by adding multi-use paths, medians and roundabouts. Grant Amount: $1,017,280

Barrow County

  • Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvements (City of Winder): Improve multi-modal safety and access by building a network of sidewalks and multi-use paths throughout downtown Winder. Grant Amount: $280,000

Additional details about the project list can be found at atlantaregional.org/amendment.

“ARC works closely with local governments and transportation agencies to meet community priorities,” said John Orr, Managing Director of ARC’s Transportation and Mobility Access group. “The projects on this list will help to improve mobility and create a more equitable and livable region.”

The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) is the official planning agency for the 11-county Atlanta Region, including Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale counties as well as the City of Atlanta and 74 other cities. The Atlanta Regional Commission serves as a catalyst for regional progress by focusing leadership, attention and planning resources on key regional issues. 

 

Contact Name: Olivia Haas
Contact Phone: 470-378-1516
Contact Email: ohaas@atlantaregional.org