Project ID: 0007174
January - February 2019 Initiatives of PBA and Progress
1) Create a coaltion 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.
GDOT now says that construction of the bridge and the resulting closure of Northside will start in the summer of 2020. The latest communication from GDOT says the bridge will be constructed on a 24/7 basis, and there is no longer a contingency for their being able to find a contractor that will do the work within their budget.
PBA has been working with AMPC and four other affected civic associations on some remaining details. For example, we have all requested that GDOT install some sort of railing between the traffic and the sidewalk on the bridge. We have also asked that construction start after Memorial Day in 2020 so that the closure/detours will not begin until after the end of the school year.
To maximize our chances of success, we have enlisted the aid of State Senators Jen Jordan and Nikema Williams and Representative Beth Beskin. Senators Jordan and Williams are working with Stacey Key, the GDOT commissioner who represents our district. Representative Beskin is working directly with GDOT staff. We are very grateful to all three for their assistance. Who says bipartisanship is dead! If you see them, please let them know how much you appreciate their efforts on our behalf.