Central Atlanta Progress says construction will begin this month on a beautification project along Marietta Street and Centennial Olympic Park Drive that would, among other fixes, repair unsightly sidewalks, spruce up the downtown streetscape with pretty plantings, and replace outdated street lamps.
The area which includes the CNN Center and Centennial Olympic Park is one of the city's visitor and tourist hotspots. But it hasn't seen major improvements since before the 1996 Summer Olympics. Thanks to utility construction and the stomping of tourists, sidewalks have experienced wear and tear. In other words, this project's long overdue.
The downtown booster group is holding an open house tomorrow from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Omni Hotel to brief residents, businesses and other interested folks about the project. More info on the pow-wow and the improvements can be found here.
After the jump, the full list of planned improvements and other details.
Project area: Includes the sidewalks and intersections along a half-mile stretch along Marietta Street between Peachtree Street and Park Avenue West and Centennial Olympic Park Drive between Marietta Street and Luckie Street. The Marietta Street and Centennial Olympic Park Drive intersection will get some TLC.
* Replacing existing concrete and decorative paver sidewalks and making granite curb improvements
* “Greening” the corridor with new raised planters, in-ground planters, additional flower baskets, additional street trees and tree well plantings
* Adding decorative fencing at medians and in-ground planters
* Adding new pedestrian lighting and refurbishing the existing street light poles
* Removing existing newspaper boxes and consolidating papers in “condos”
* Installing new trash cans
Intersection Safety Improvements
* Providing ADA-compliant sidewalks and ramps on deficient streets
* Re-painting high-visibility crosswalk markings at all crosswalks
* Creating well marked loading zones and bus stops
* Creating consistent and continuous vehicle lanes
* Creating a new median west of Centennial Olympic Park Drive
* Milling and re-paving the street
Cost: Estimated $6 million. According to Central Atlanta Progress, "Funding for the project is being provided by the Georgia Department of Transportation through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Matching funds are being contributed by the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District. In kind support and coordination is being provided by the City of Atlanta."
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