Brookhaven, GA, June 21, 2016 – The Post Reports – Brookhaven Councilmembers voted Tuesday to award a $763,320.41 contract to AECOM to design a plan for pedestrian and streetscape improvements along Peachtree Rd. According to the project description, the area of focus is from North Druid Hills Rd. to Ashford Dunwoody Rd. The project consists of the design of approximately 1.38 miles of concrete sidewalk including curb cut ramps, ADA compliant driveways, and crosswalks along Peachtree in conformance with the Brookhaven-Peachtree Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) and the Brookhaven-Peachtree Overlay.
As part of the project development, AECOM will conduct a traffic study of the corridor to be prepared in order to evaluate the feasibility of a “road diet” and other safety and operational improvements to Peachtree Road. The City says the purpose of the road diet is, “to allow for the construction of the wider sidewalk and landscape zone with minimal right-of-way and environmental impacts and to improve safety by reducing travel speeds, making the corridor more pedestrian and bicycle friendly.”
Funding for this design will come from the following sources:
- Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) LCI Grant $ 373,481.41
- MARTA Sidewalk Offset Fund Grant $ 131,844.00
- Public Works HOST Funds $ 257,995.00
- Additional ARC/LCI Grant Funds TBD
The ARC LCI Grant requires the City to match a minimum of 20% or $93,370.35. This is a multi-year project, there will be additional opportunity to apply for additional LCI Grant Funding from ARC to offset the share if city funds needed. There is no match required for the MARTA Funds.
The City anticipates giving AECOM Notice to proceed immediately with the first three phases for the Concept Development (including traffic Study), Database Preparation, and Environmental Document upon execution of contracts. The proposed project schedule has GDOT Approval of the Concept Plan in late 2016. Notice to Proceed with subsequent phases will be given in accordance with the GDOT Plan Development Process as required milestones and approvals are met. Completion of Final Plans is scheduled for September 2018, with construction projected to begin in 2019 or 2020.
Once planning is done and the project moves in to the construction phase, work will include removal or replacement of the existing sidewalk along the corridor except where the existing sidewalk has been upgraded to meet the minimum standards of the Overlay. The proposed sidewalk has a nominal width of 10’ with a 5’ landscape zone between the back of curb and sidewalk. Where there are right-of-way restrictions, a 6’ sidewalk width is proposed.
Improvements along the project corridor include landscaping, benches, trash receptacles, bus shelters, and pedestrian/street lighting. Additional ADA compliant crossings across Peachtree Road are proposed to facilitate pedestrian traffic seeking to access the northbound bus routes.
Public Works Director, Richard Meehan said there is also a $2.5 million grant for the construction process once that time comes.
A map of the study area as well the full scope of the project as included in the Council agenda packet is below.