Webpage devoted to the project from GDOT:
Project ID: 0007174
to see the DWM Presentation from the NPU-C January Meeting:
New Year, New Construction Happening on Northside Drive
Utility Bridge Construction Starts January 2020!
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December 13, 2019
Northside Drive Stakeholder Meeting Notes
PBA representatives in attendance were Anna Mayeske (President) and Kirk Rankin (Traffic Chair):
According to Juan Velasquez of CW Matthews, construction of the pedestrian bridge is scheduled to begin on January 6, 2020. They are aiming for a mid-August completion. The pedestrian bridge will only serve as a UTILITY bridge until the completion of the entire project, which is still expected to be August 2021. Only at that point in time will the pedestrian bridge be accessible for pedestrian use. This bridge will be constructed first, as it is required to carry the utilities over the creek.
When the construction begins on January 6, there will be traffic impacts. There will be more single lane closures on Northside from 9am-4pm. Woodward Way will not be closed but there will be impacts. We hope to get more details on lane closures, etc. soon.
When the pedestrian bridge is complete, the 36" water line will be moved from the west side of Woodward Way over to the east side to tie into the project and this will take approximately two weeks to complete. While this work is going on, 2 lanes of traffic on Northside will be closed to traffic.
The construction of the new pump station is scheduled to begin on February 3, 2020. When this work begins, Woodward Way will be closed for 9-10 months. It was emphasized to the Ruby Collins representatives that any detour signage must be clear. We told them that the past detour signs routing people down lower Alton were not only confusing but dangerous, as cars sped down Alton thinking there was some other route to where they were going, while the detour was essentially routing the small amount of traffic/neighbors getting to their homes on Woodward Way near Sagamore.
The new striping plan for the intersection of Woodward Way, Sagamore and Northside was requested so that we can see what this intersection will look like upon full completion of projects.
The pump station design was a concern after visuals were presented at the NPU-C meeting in October 2019. Since then, the Department of Watershed Management (DWM) has worked to find a more attractive barrier/wall for the pump station. New visuals were presented at this stakeholder meeting and everyone thought it was much more suitable. They are also working on landscaping and tree planting options that will further soften the appearance of the pump station. Catherine Spillman (Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy) said that she would be happy to work with them to find good native options. DWM is also looking into putting a graffiti resistant application on any solid surface around the station.
DWM WILL ATTEND THE JANUARY 7, 2020 NPU-C MEETING AND PRESENT ON THE PUMP STATION PROJECT AGAIN. YOU ARE URGED TO ATTEND IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS OR JUST WANT TO SEE AND HEAR ABOUT THE WORK AND NEW DESIGN.
A few things we would like PBA neighbors to keep in mind:
1. This is a substantial project. There are many moving parts. The area of Woodward Way, Sagamore and Northside by the bridge is and will be an active construction site. While there will be a walkway added during the pump station construction by Ruby Collins, please remember to be safe and try to avoid the area. Use the crosswalks provided and do not go "off course".
2. Catherine Spillman reiterated how wonderful her experience has been working with everyone at Ruby Collins throughout their work at Memorial Park. We are fortunate to have such professionals doing this work.
3. DWM is listening to us. The dramatic difference from the look of the pump station presented in October 2019 to the preliminary one presented at this meeting are evidence. Please plan to attend the January 2020 NPU-C meeting to see their latest plans.
4. Since the 90 day limit to the closure of Northside Drive and detour was implemented (thanks to past PBA work on this issue), please understand that we all want the same thing - the work to be completed in the most efficient manner possible. There are measures in place to ensure that it will only be a 90 day detour and there are penalties that will be applied if there is failure to do so. As Northside is a GDOT highway, this is not like the Powers Ferry bridge replacement that seemed to go on forever.
5. Communications representatives from GDOT and DWM were also present at the meeting and we requested that there be an online page (social media or on one of their websites) to keep us up to date on all of the work, in addition to their email alerts (which we will send to you whenever we receive them). We are hoping for a "one stop shop" where we all can have access and get up to date information at anytime. PBA will keep you informed as we hear more in the coming weeks.
6. If we receive any changes to the above information, we will let you know. Please contact us if you have questions.
Northside Drive Bridge Replacement Project
This email is to provide another update on the Northside Drive Bridge Replacement Over Peachtree Creek project construction activities and schedule timeline.
Our previous email to you described the “cascade” of utility relocations that needed to occur throughout 2019 before construction of the pedestrian bridge begins in early 2020. We know that the existing pedestrian bridge carries significant utility facilities as well, so several months will be dedicated to ensuring all utilities are relocated and remain functional during the bridge construction. The City of Atlanta’s water and sewer line work in the project area is also anticipated to continue through early 2020.
Most recently, the contractor has advised us that the schedule for the 90-day detour installation to ensure safety during construction of the Northside over Peachtree Creek Bridge will likely be pushed back to Spring 2021, not Spring 2020 as previously reported. The Spring 2020 detour information was provided by the contractor prior to fully investigating the extensive utility work needed. Please know that at this time, we are not able to be more specific about the month or date that the detour will be installed in 2021.
We understand your need to make travel adjustments related to this detour and commit to provide notice of the detour timeline well in advance, in addition to other project-related traffic impacts over the next two years.
March 2019 Communication Received:
This email is designed to provide information on the upcoming SR 3/US 41/ Northside Drive at Peachtree Creek Bridge Replacement project, scheduled for construction in 2020.
The existing bridge was built in 1926, has a low sufficiency rating (41.2 out of 100) and must be replaced. When complete, this project will provide new bridge approaches on Northside and a new bridge over Peachtree Creek. The new bridge will have two 10-foot lanes, a 10-foot left turn lane, a 2-foot shoulder, 4-foot bike lane, a 5-foot sidewalk on the western side from Wesley Drive to the bridge, and a 5-foot shoulder on the eastern side. A 15-foot pedestrian bridge will be constructed next to the new bridge on the road’s eastern side, to connect to the existing multi-use paths in Atlanta Memorial Park and Bobby Jones Golf Course to the Peachtree Creek Trail. This construction will require installation of a traffic detour in 2020, which many of you have learned from the project public involvement efforts.
This correspondence is to provide you advance notice that significant utility relocations must occur in the area this spring to avoid work delays and compounded traffic impacts for next year’s bridge construction. Within the next two weeks, lane closures will be installed on Northside Drive to allow Georgia Power, several other utilities and the City of Atlanta Dept. of Public Works (tentatively) to relocate their underground facilities in the project area. These lane closures will help keep workers and drivers safe, provide space for large equipment on-site and allow optimum work hours.
Phase 1 – mid-March to end of March. Weather permitting, vegetation clearing will begin on Monday, March 11 to remove trees that overhang the existing Peachtree Creek bridge that would obstruct construction of the two new bridges to be built next year. The clearing activities and related single lane closure will last for about 14 days in the northbound lane of Northside Drive in the area before the bridge to the end of the project.
Phase 2 – end of March through Memorial Day. Following the clearing, Georgia Power will lead off the cascade of utility relocations beginning late March. Because of the large equipment needed for the work, crews will close the northbound lane and one turn lane on Northside in the project area until Memorial Day. Flaggers and signage will guide drivers through these closures. Georgia Power also suggests that a temporary detour may be needed for a few days to reach the power pole on the northeast side of Sagamore Drive and Woodward Way, because their large, heavy equipment can’t sit safely on the bridge culvert.
During both phases, lane closures would be in place weekdays from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., but a weekend work schedule is still under consideration if needed to complete this work on-time.
GDOT will provide regular updates on the closures. We encourage you to share this information with your constituents and visitors.
Please alert them to allow extra travel time as they drive through the lane closures within and around the project area.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Thank you in advance for your patience!
Tori A. Brown
District 7 Communications Specialist
Metro Atlanta Office
January - February 2019 Initiatives of PBA and Progress
1) Create a coalition of neighborhoods to address the detours and effects of the 90 day closure of Northside Drive at Peachtree Creek.
A loose alliance of the following organizations was formed for the purpose of dealing with issues relating to the closing of Northside Drive in connection with the replacement of the bridge over Peachtree Creek. The following organizations comprise that alliance: Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy, Ardmore Park Civic Association, Brandon Civic Association, Castlewood Civic Association, Channing Valley Civic Association, Collier Hills Civic Association, Collier Hills North Civic Association, Habersham Park Civic Association, Memorial Park Civic Association, Peachtree Battle Alliance, Peachtree Heights West Civic Association, Springlake Civic Association, Wesley Battle Civic Association and Wildwood Civic Association.
A meeting of this alliance was held at the home of Sadler Poe at 6:00 PM on January 23, 2019. The following persons attended: Erin Bailey (Springlake), David Gylfe (Collier Hills), Michelle Hatch (Channing Valley), Elenor Klingler (Castlewood), Nolan Leake (Peachtree Heights West), Roger Moister & Susan Moody (Collier Hills North), Whitney Paulowsky (Brandon), Claire Stroud (Ardmore Park), Reggie Williamson (Habersham Park), Garth Peters (Memorial Park) and Sadler Poe (Peachtree Battle).
Current goals include identifying intersections that can be improved with left turn signals and extended left turn lanes, work with USPS, FedEx, UPS, City of Atlanta Office of Solid Waste Services to limit pick up and deliveries during peak traffic periods. Sadler is also trying to arrange meetings with the City’s traffic committee and identify a representative from our neighborhood to attend the meetings of the City’s Traffic Committee, chaired by Andre Dickens. Another suggestion is to reach out to the at-large council members: Andre Dickins, Michael Julian Bond and Matt Westmoreland.
2) Creation of a subcommittee of the PBA Traffic Committee to work on this project by monitoring progress, communicating with GDOT and other city officials and communicating with our neighborhood for the duration of the project. Additionally, at least one member of this committee will liaise with local media outlets to keep the broader public aware of detours.
This webpage is intended to have the most up-to-date information available at all times. There will be a link on our homepage, directing you to the bridge updates, when work on the bridge begins.
If you are interested in being a part of this important subcommittee, please click HERE.
3) Push GDOT to agree to a bridge design that will have a barrier between the pedestrian sidewalk and the southbound traffic lane over the bridge.
Currently GDOT is not willing to allow for a barrier between the south bound traffic lane of Northside Drive and the pedestrian sidewalk on the west side of the new bridge. Sadler Poe and Catherine Spillman (Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy) have scheduled a meeting with GDOT's project manager to discuss the issue, and will pursue a solution with state and local elected officials.
4) Work with our own PBA Security officers and the APD to plan for potential intersections which may need a police presence and possible traffic directing during the bridge closure.