Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Ponce between Spring and Peachtree streets to become two-way?

Posted By on Tue, May 29, 2012 at 2:37 PM

City says the change, which is part of Atlantas transportation plan, could provide better connectivity for motorists and cyclists
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Yes, yes. I hear what you're saying. "Riveting journalism, Thomas! Please report on the new four-way stop proposed in Collier Heights next!"

But I'm always interested in serious proposals to convert any of Midtown and downtown's one-way streets to two-way. (Doing the same with Juniper Street and Piedmont Avenue has also been discussed in the past.) These conversions, which on paper might seem small, can sometimes drastically change the way people move about the city. Whether this proposal falls into that category remains to be seen.

The Atlanta City Council Transportation Committee tomorrow is expected to consider converting the segment of Ponce de Leon Avenue between Peachtree Street and Spring Street, which is currently a one-way road, to a two-way. The city says the change, which is part of Connect Atlanta, the city's transportation plan, would provide better connectivity for motorists and bicyclists.

Currently, if you're driving or peddling down Spring Street and want to access Ponce, you either have to turn left early on 3rd Street or at North Avenue. In my opinion, the move could save drivers some time, ease traffic near North Avenue, and slow down vehicular traffic along the street, which borders the MARTA station. (Maybe I'm wrong. Savage me in the comments.)

Federal funding will pay for the project with the Midtown Alliance covering any shortfalls. According to the legislation, 170 feet of curb space would remain as a loading area (we're betting near the Fox Theatre, where production buses and trucks park). Parking would be prohibited between Spring Street and West Peachtree Street. The legislation doesn't say whether new bike facilities would be part of the conversion.

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