Cascade Road/Avenue is a critical corridor that serves dozens of Southwest Atlanta neighborhoods- and it's one of the City's most dangerous High-Injury Network streets to travel on. The Renew Atlanta bond that passed in 2015 was supposed to address this unsafe corridor by making it a Complete Street. Thanks to the persistent work of community leaders and local advocates, this project will improve access to the Cascade Springs Nature Preserve and create safer streets for biking, walking and driving. But only half of the corridor will get funding through Renew Atlanta. Failing to fund the entire project perpetuates unsafe streets in the Southwest and inequitable outcomes in our transportation network.
The Cascade Road/Avenue Complete Street project is divided into two phases.
Phase 1 (blue segment): Two segments that extend from the Atlanta city limits to Willis Mill Road, and from Delowe Drive to Avon Avenue. In addition to improved access to the Cascade Springs Nature Preserve, both phases include bicycle facilities, trails and streetscape improvements, thanks to local advocates for the improvements.
Phase 2 (in green): Extends from Avon Avenue to Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard. Only the first phase, from Avon to the city limits, is funded. The second phase, from Avon to Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard, is not funded.
We are advocating for full funding for the entire Cascade Road/Avenue Complete Street Project.
On Crash Heat Map above, the intersection of Cascade Avenue and Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard is marked by glowing red and yellow embers, meaning many people walking have been hit by cars at this crossing. Community members have long expressed concerns about this intersection that serves multiple streets, the Kroger Citi Center and the Atlanta BeltLine Westside Trail. Currently, it lacks a turn lane and poses a safety risk to people who bike, walk - and drive.