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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Repaving for Ponce de Leon bike lanes commences, draws mixed reactions from bicyclists and motorists

Over the past few weeks, Georgia Department of Transportation workers have been burning the midnight oil, repaving Ponce de Leon Avenue at all hours of the night in preparation for the busy street's brand new bike lanes.

As we reported last October, the bustling east-west thoroughfare will soon receive its own buffered bicycle lanes to provide a safer route between Beltline's Eastside Trail and Midtown.

Now that GDOT has started construction, many two-wheel peddlers, such as Atlanta Bicycle Coalition Executive Director Rebecca Serna tells 11 Alive, are rejoicing:

"They are definitely a step up as far as bike lanes go in Atlanta," said Rebecca Serna, executive director of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition.

"They'll have a painted buffer with (three-foot wide) hash marks that will give bicyclists a little bit more breathing room from the motorized traffic."

While the three-foot bike lanes that'll soon be installed are welcome change, not everyone's pleased with the new addition. The repaving has caused some congestion as it's narrowed the road down to two lanes each way, leaving some motorists unhappy. WSB-TV talked to several drivers in a recent report who said the recent traffic was everything from "bad at times" to "hectic, very hectic."

The road work, along with accompanying traffic delays, is expected to continue through the end of the month. You've been warned, impatient commuters!

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