The purpose of the Traffic Committee is to represent the interests of the neighborhood in all traffic and transportation related matters and to successfully manage the planning, design and implementation of the Alliance’s comprehensive, neighborhood-wide traffic calming plan to protect, maintain and improve residents’ quality of life.
The Traffic Committee Chairman is Kirk Rankin, committee members include Gerry Woodruff, Scott Ward, Elizabeth Hale and John Ferguson.
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- create as safe an environment for neighbors as possible to improve the collective quality of life.
- communicate the PBA Traffic Calming Plan approved by neighborhood-wide vote and its projects throughout the PBA neighborhood to ensure transparency and to create opportunities for all residents to give continual input and feedback.
- seek project funding from all possible sources to minimize the need for internal funds.
- implement a plan that is aesthetically consistent with the character of the Peachtree Battle neighborhood.
GOALS FOR 2017-2018
- Finalize planning, secure funding and begin implementation of improvements at Northside Drive/Woodward Way/Sagamore intersection. This timing is contingent on the PATH trail being built around Bobby Jones Golf Course and the GDOT Northside Drive bridge replacement project
- Support the successful completion of the Northside Drive Georgia DOT (GDOT) project
- Pursue alternatives to the one-year closure of Northside Drive as planned by GDOT during the bridge replacement project and get agreement to avoid closure
NORTHSIDE DRIVE BRIDGE
GDOT plans to replace the bridge over Peachtree Creek near Northside/Sagamore. They held multiple public meetings in at which they consistently presented a plan where a temporary bridge would be constructed to keep the road open as one of their options. Then, late last year they informed us that they had decided to close the road for up to a year instead of constructing a temporary bridge.
Currently their plan is to:
- Begin construction of a pedestrian only bridge in August 2018. This bridge will also carry the utilities across the creek. Northside Drive will remain open during this phase.
- Once the pedestrian bridge is complete, Northside Drive will be closed and construction of the replacement bridge will begin. This is planned to begin around August 2019.
Early this year, the Traffic Committee recommended to the Alliance Board that the Alliance should pursue every alternative to the closure of Northside Drive due to safety concerns, both traffic safety and personal safety. The Board agreed and the Committee has been pursuing this effort.
NORTHSIDE/WOODWARD WAY/SAGAMORE INTERSECTION
The Alliance Traffic Calming plan for this intersection was approved by the City several years ago and has been waiting for the PATH trail around the golf course project (which was planned several years ago and received final City approval three years ago) and GDOT’s Northside Drive Bridge Replacement project to be completed. In the meantime, the City did paint stripes in the area that are roughly consistent with the changes to the new curb line after the intersection is rebuilt.
The Committee continues to communicate with all parties and all indications are this improvement will be made.
History of the PBA Traffic Committee
The PBA Traffic Committee was formed in February 2002. Since that time it has achieved many positive goals for neighbors. After the initial PBA Traffic Committee was formed in 2002, the Committee spent an appropriate amount of time and resources to gather data about the neighborhood and its traffic planning needs and challenges.
The neighborhood engaged nationally renowned traffic planners, Glatting Jackson. The committee helped raise the funding needed to pay Glatting Jackson and coordinated their work which included Peachtree Battle neighborhood neighbors participation in a three-day traffic charette facilitated by Glatting Jackson.
In 2003 Glatting Jackson created the PBA Traffic Calming Plan.
During 2003 and 2004 the PBA Traffic Committee pursued an outreach program to gain input to refine the plan and the gain support of key stakeholders. Multiple meetings were held including with Council representatives Claire Muller and Mary Norwood and NPU-C’s executive committee. Over twenty neighborhood meetings were held during 2004.
In the summer of 2004, the PBA Board approved the plan and charged the PBA Traffic Committee to pursue the plan over a multi-year period. Also, the NPU-C Executive Committee approved our plan and presented the Northside Drive traffic calming solutions from our plan to Georgia DOT as part of the Georgia DOT Northside Drive Safety Study. Over the next two years, communications with neighbors led to multiple revisions to the plan. The plan was ultimately put to vote out to the neighborhood and was overwhelmingly approved.
In the succeeding years, the Committee focused on prioritizing its work. The Peachtree Road/Peachtree Battle Avenue intersection was made the top priority. Other identified priorities included Northside Drive/Peachtree Battle intersection, reducing speed limits, the Northside Drive corridor, and Northside/Woodward Way/Sagamore intersection.
The Peachtree/Peachtree Battle intersection project including a complete redesign of the area, taking into account the needs of the major stakeholders including the adjacent neighbors, the city and E. Rivers school. The area was dangerous because of the presence of pedestrians (usually children) and speeding traffic. Massive amounts of asphalt were removed and the intersection redesigned to guide traffic more calmly and to give pedestrians safe areas to cross the street. After many years of effort on the part of the Committee and Alliance Board, the project began in 2010 and was completed in 2011. The project was completed without the need for internal funds. Shortly after the project, Atlanta Public Schools decided to tear down E. Rivers school and new $20+ million building was erected. The changes made the intersection project that was just completed obsolete so the Alliance worked with the City to once again improve the intersection area to improve traffic flow and safety. Those subsequent changes were finalized in 2014/2015.
The Northside Drive/Peachtree intersection has been included as a GDOT project originally scheduled for 2016. But this was pushed back as the Northside Drive project was delayed. The redesign is the same as recommended by the Alliance traffic plan. This was presented to neighbors in the original neighborhood roundtable meetings. Meetings with GDOT in 2017 resulted in an agreement to implement a portion of our design before the end of 2017.
Peachtree Battle Avenue and West Wesley were identified as areas for speed limit reductions. Residents on each road were asked to vote their support as a way to gauge neighbor support for the reductions and the new guidelines were overwhelmingly approved. The neighborhoods of Peachtree Heights West and Brandon joined in support of our plan to reduce speed limits. The Committee, with the support of Councilmembers Clair Muller and Yolanda Adrean, presented to the Transportation Committee of the City Council and gained approval of the changes and both have been implemented resulting in much calmer safer traffic flowing through the neighborhood.
The Alliance traffic plan improvements envisioned for Northside Drive included the removal of the reversible lane and adding sidewalks on both sides of the road from I-75 to Peachtree Creek. The reversible lane has been removed and the sidewalk construction is scheduled to be done by GDOT in 2017. No Alliance funds were required.
The Northside Drive/Woodward Way/Sagamore intersection project was approved by the City in 2009. The design remains consistent with the original Glatting Jackson design. The city has approved the project and once the Northside Drive Bridge Project is completed, PATH Foundation will be coordinating with the City to implement our plan.