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15 Comments

  1. 1

    Sheila

    Make the roads narrower so the traffic goes slower through an already congested area? Whose idea was that? That is odd. Can someone police the existing sidewalks we have? A golf cart was driving on the sidewalk in front of City Hall last week.

  2. 2

    Matts

    Bwahahahaha MATTISON!

  3. 3

    NimbyNot

    Was it the same council person that someone said was seen crossing North Druid Hill a few weeks ago?

  4. 4

    Riley OConnor

    Meanwhile, at another meeting, there is the proposal to narrow the traffic lanes on Peachtree to squeeze in another lane for turning traffic.

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    Daffy Duck, P.E.

    Caldwell Road to Redding to above the AD split. Screwed
    Club Drive and Mabry to Windsor to Osborne. Screwed
    Peachtree to Briarwood road to Buford Highway. Screwed

    Thanks city council. Now I can ride my bike to work with you guys in the heat. Are there showers at City Hall? Representative Mattison, can I golf cart pool with you from Dunwoody? I got it, I can ride my bike to MARTA with the other 3% of the population that use it for work.

  6. 6

    Alexandra

    Hooray! This sounds awesome! I walk to The Flying Biscuit from Dresden on Saturdays sometimes, and that stretch could use some help! Would be so cool to have things shadier, safer, and greener.

  7. 7

    DoublePop

    With Atlanta’s population projected to nearly double within the next 30 years, it’s going to be a whole lot more than 3%.

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    Barbara

    Atlanta’s population isn’t going to double. The surrounding areas and the EXTENDED metro area are going to double. Since marta goes no where near anything but Atlanta or anything people need to go to the ridership will continue to decrease

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    Johnathan

    You don’t need 3 southbound lanes on Peachtree if you have left hand turn lanes. It actually would probably help the Dresden Druid Hills intersections if you reduced it to two lanes, since there are only 2 lanes of through traffic at those intersections.

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    Toff

    The section they are doing makes sense. It will link up with the new sidewalks outside ParkView in Chamblee and across the street at Olmsted. This will mean you will be able to walk from Chamblee Marta to Brookhaven Marta on a nice new sidewalk. Good for Brookhaven, great for Chamblee.

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    Toff

    I think the AD label on the map is mis-placed and my view of the blue line is incorrect. Still good though.

  12. 12

    Huey Mahl

    Interesting Comments. Brookhaven is adopting, where feasible, a “complete streets” initiative that advocates that streets and neighborhoods should be accessible to bike, pedestrian and car traffic. Numerous studies have shown that communities with complete streets fosters varied transportation, creates a walkable community, has positive impacts on fitness and health and increases property values. Also, when trees and vegetation are designed in, as they appear to be hear, urban heat island effects are minimized.

    Auto traffic impact is often negligible. Even with narrower lanes and slower auto speed (which is a goal of complete streets so as to make the corridor safer for all users), traffic is usually not negatively impacted and often is improved as it moves more freely with better engineering, albeit at a slower pace. I would expect along this stretch you would see no to minimal impact 23 hours of the day and a modest increase in commute times of maybe a minute or two at high traffic periods.

    For more information:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Complete_streets
    http://www.smartgrowthamerica.org/complete-streets/a-to-z

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    Eric Robert

    Huey, good points. While intuitively it seems narrowing lanes or even reducing them will increase congestion, when done properly it can actually improve it. And as stated above Because Peachtree goes down to two SB thru lanes shortly before Dresden, it would improve traffic flow to reduce the 3 SB lanes north of Dresden to only 2. Note there are only 2 NB lanes.

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    Eric Robert

    Huey, good points. While intuitively it seems narrowing lanes or even reducing them will increase congestion, when done properly it can actually improve it. And as stated above Because Peachtree goes down to two SB thru lanes shortly before Dresden, it would improve traffic flow to reduce the 3 SB lanes north of Dresden to only 2. Note there are only 2 NB lanes.

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    Bob Sorrentino

    Huey is correct here on narrow streets. Typical lane width is 12ft as it allows for high speed and heavy truck traffic. Shrinking that a bit is common and should not impact capacity for this section of Peachtree. 11ft would be no problem and even 10ft is usually okay. When it comes to intersection capacity you don’t see a hit until you go under 10ft. And this patch is has no major curves. GDOT will review/authorize any changes as a check.

    One thing I am curious about is how they will implement this around the MARTA station. The plans already call for 10ft lanes in order to fit the required lanes within the right of way. So these sidewalks would need to be on private property. Would this default to the smaller 6ft path at the location where pedestrian traffic would be greatest?

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