Chamblee, GA, November 15, 2016 – by Anna Williams for The Post – Streetscape improvements along Chamblee Dunwoody Road adjacent to Chamblee High School have begun. The project is designed to improve the visual appeal of the area and provide a safer crossing for students and other pedestrians going to the school. Included in the project are streetscape and intersection improvements along approximately 2,800 linear feet covering both sides of Chamblee Dunwoody Rd, beginning at Harts Mill Road, extending to Peachtree Boulevard.
Among the improvements are:
- HAWK signal to be added in front of Chamblee High School designed to provide a safer and a more controlled Chamblee Dunwoody Rd Crossing
- Fencing will be added along the front of the high school to channel students to a dedicated crossing point
- A right turn lane will be added at Harts Mill Road and traffic signals will be modified at that intersection
- Concrete pedestrian islands and new pedestrian crossing signals will be added at Peachtree Boulevard
- Streetscapes, lighting, and landscaping will be installed to meet the city’s streetscape design standard
The City says all construction will meet ADA regulations.
Chamblee Charter High School requested a noise and work restriction from the weeks of December 19th – 22nd of 2016 and May 22nd – 25th of 2017, according to bid documents, where work will cease in front of the school property and land across the street, and is quiet. The Dressler Company has also requested the same restriction during funeral service – one hour prior, extending to 30 minutes after completion of service.
Reginald Anderson, Public Works Director for the City of Chamblee, told The Post in an earlier interview, “It is our intent to minimize lane closures and disruption to local businesses. We do not anticipate traffic disruption on the weekends.” He said the biggest focus with this project is to minimize the impact to Chamblee High School and the local area businesses. “Our concern for student and pedestrian safety is first and foremost,” Anderson adds.
Chamblee Dunwoody and Harts Mill roads are considered a part of the city’s bottlenecks based on the Chamblee Next Comprehensive Plan Update Public Workshop report compiled in 2014.
The full project is expected to cost $1.7 million.
~ Staff Writer, Renee Turner contributed to this article